Published On: Fri, Nov 21st, 2014 on 5:27 pm

Brave NHS worker saves elderly lady from house fire

Rosemary Othick NHS

Rosemary Othick presented with the Area Manager’s Commendation

A NHS worker has been awarded an Area Manager’s Commendation by the fire service for helping save an elderly woman’s life.

On 3 October, intermediate care clinical assistant Rosemary Othick working for the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, was on a visit to the occupant of a house in Swinnow Crescent, Stanningley.

Alarm bells started to ring when she arrived to find the front door slightly ajar and the smell of smoke from inside the house.

She entered the house in the nick of time and found an elderly lady collapsed on the lounge floor.

Seeing smoke coming from the kitchen, Rosemary closed the kitchen door to hold back the smoke and began rescuing the lady.

She reached the front door, called the fire service and spoke to Watch Manager Alison Holdsworth who provided her with fire survival guidance, keeping Rosemary calm until the crews arrived to deal with the fire.

Rosemary said: “My training kicked in and I just acted, closing the doors to hold back the smoke so I could rescue the occupant. Alison’s guidance was invaluable and reassuring in what was a very challenging situation.”

Stanningley Fire Station Green Watch extinguished the blaze when they arrived and the elderly occupant was taken to hospital.

It is believed the fire started when combustible materials were accidentally left or were being dried on the cooker.

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