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A GROUP of teenagers from Bolton have been thanked personally by the County Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) after they helped an elderly lady out of a house fire last year.
A recognition event took place on the evening of Monday, August 18, at Bolton North Fire Station - where 92-year-old Dorothy Booth of Blackurn Road met three of the youngsters who came to her rescue when her chip pan caught fire, along with Blue Watch who went to the fire.
Dorothy, who has just turned 92, thanked Matthew Reilly, Ashley Glenn and Grant Walker during the presentation where the quick-thinking teenagers were handed framed congratulation letters as a reminder of what they did last September.
Unfortunately Lauren Jones, Marisa Barton and Beth Edge were unable to make the event so will be given their letters at a later time.
back row l-r: Matthew Reilly, Ashley Glenn, Grant Walker, Dorothy Booth, CFO Steve McGuirk and front row Blue Watch Bolton North
Dorothy said: "I'm really pleased to be at this well-deserved presentation and share just how wonderful I think the group of teenagers - my Astley Bridge Angels - are.
"The night I had the fire when the 'angels' came to my rescue was one I won't forget and one I don't wish to ever repeat."
County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of GMFRS, Steve McGuirk, said: "On the evening of Monday, September 23, 2013, the group were walking along Blackburn Road when they smelled burning and saw smoke coming from a house.
"They called 999 and alerted Dorothy to the fire before making their way inside the smoke-filled kitchen. They then assisted her outside, removed the chip pan that had been on fire and waited until firefighters arrived.
"Bolton North's Blue Watch went to the incident and said if it hadn't been for the help of the brave youngsters then the outcome could have been much worse.
"I'd like to officially recognise the brave actions of Matthew, Grant, Ashley, Lauren, Marisa and Beth - you truly are a credit to our community and you should be very proud."
After the presentation the teenagers and their families had chance to have a cup of tea with Dorothy and two of her sons and everyone sang happy birthday to celebrate Dorothy's special day.
Local councillors and Fire Authority members Lynda Byrne and Mohammed Ayub also attended the event with Bolton Borough Manager Ian Bailey.