An UPTON dad who was described as ‘Superman’ by his five-year-old son has been acknowledged for his heroic actions.
Jason Baxter, 39, saved his neighbour’s life when he bravely entered a smoke filled flat and lifted the semi-conscious man to safety last May.
He was presented with an award on Tuesday by Stephen Fealy, station commander at South Elmsall Fire Station.
Mr Baxter’s son Bradley said he was very proud of his dad because he was just like Superman, saving people’s lives.
Mr Baxter said he heard his neighbour’s smoke alarm go off so went to investigate.
He said: “The flat was thick with smoke and I couldn’t see a thing but I knew my neighbour was in there because I had heard him coughing before the alarm had gone off. He was sat on the sofa so I put him over my shoulder and carried him out. I was really scared but knew I had to get him out. I am no hero, I was just being a mate.”
Another neighbour called the fire brigade. Investigations revealed something in the microwave had caused the fire.
Mr Fealy said he did not think Jason realised the magnitude of his actions due to the dangers of smoke.
He said: “Jason saved a life and because of that, I had great pleasure in presenting him with the award.
“We do not advocate for one minute that people enter a smoke-filled building for any reason. It is clear that the smoke alarm prevented a fatality. Jason believes he was inside the smoke-filled dwelling for 30 seconds - any longer and we would have potentially been dealing with two fatalities.”