Larne man’s bravery is recognised after rescuing neighbour

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A man from Larne had his bravery recognised in September 1985.

Mr Ferguson Norrell from the town received a certificate after a moment of bravery in April of the previous year.

On April, 5 1984 he risked his own life to rescue his neighbour from a house fire.

Mr Norrell’s son had alerted him to the blaze at the house next door.

While his son phoned for the emergency services, Ferguson ran inside the house and found his neighbour standing in the kitchen.

Her clothing had caught fire, so Ferguson beat out the flames with a cloth and carried her outside.

Unfortunately, the woman did not make a recovery and died a few months later.

Ferguson was awarded a certificate from the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire for his act of bravery,

The chairman of the Northern Ireland Police Authority, Sir Myles Humphreys, praised Ferguson for risking his own life in an effort to rescue his neighbour from the fire.

“Such acts of courage are a fine example to us all, and may I, on behalf of the whole community, congratulate you and say that you have earned both our thanks and admiration,” Sir Myles said.