October 10, 2007

Positivity: Rescue Hero Is to Meet the PM

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Plymouth, UK:

07:30 – 01 October 2007

A firefighter from Plymouth hailed as a national hero is to be congratulated personally by the Prime Minister.David Jenkins, right, has been crowned a National Life Saver in the annual Vodafone Life Savers Awards.

David, originally from the city but now with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, was nominated by colleagues for saving four children from drowning.

David, who was off duty, was fishing on the river mouth in Ogmore-by-Sea when he noticed two girls and two boys drifting past him on an inflatable lilo.

They were unable to paddle against the incoming tide and were rapidly being carried upstream.

As David watched, one girl fell into the water and immediately disappeared below the surface.

Without hesitating, David dived into the river. He reached the young girl and on surfacing grabbed hold of the other and swam to the shore, bringing the two terrified girls to safety.

Meanwhile, the current had carried the two boys further up the river.

By the time David had rescued the girls both boys were also in the river.

More used to flames than water, David eventually brought all the children to safety, reuniting a family which, although apparently speaking no English, made it clear how grateful they were for his courage and determination in saving all four children. …..

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