‘Why aren’t we up for award?’ asks Dalkeith fire hero

Photo by Jayne Wright. Callum Smith and David Williams (right). Pulled a woman out of a fire in her flat next door before she ran back in and police had to save her. 22F Buccleuch St Dalkeith.

Photo by Jayne Wright. Callum Smith and David Williams (right). Pulled a woman out of a fire in her flat next door before she ran back in and police had to save her. 22F Buccleuch St Dalkeith.

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A man who dragged an unconscious woman from a burning Dalkeith flat believes police are “taking all the credit” for her rescue.

Callum Smith (22) said he burst into the burning flat at Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith, to save the 50-year-old woman from “certain death”. But moments later she ran back into the flat.

Three police officers who repeated the rescue are being considered for meritorious awards, the Force has confirmed.

Self-employed joiner Callum, who entered the smoke-filled house with pal David Williams (21), told the Advertiser: “I don’t want the police taking all the credit.

“I’m not looking for an award but if they are getting them then I feel that we should too.

“My uncle is a fireman who risks his life every day, and yet he doesn’t get nominated for a bravery award.

“At the end of the day I don’t see why the police should be recognised for doing their job while we are ignored.”

Read full story in the May 17 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.