A FATHER-of-three has been congratulated by the Chief
Fire Officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
after he went to the rescue of a man who fell asleep during a fire
at his home in Rochdale.
Chris Love, a part-time carer, heard smoke alarms going off at a
neighbour's house in Kirkway, Kirkholt, in the early hours of
Sunday, August 4, 2013.
Knowing that the man had been drinking the previous night and
could have fallen asleep, Mr Love got up and went to the house to
He starting banging on the doors and windows to try and wake the
man and when that failed he went round to the back of the house to
try and get inside in order to rescue him.
Shortly after, at around 3.15am, crews from Rochdale and Heywood
arrived on the scene and firefighters knocked the door down.
They extinguished a small fire in the kitchen and led the man
safely out of the house.
On Wednesday evening, August 6, 2014, Mr Love and his family
attended Rochdale Fire Station in Halifax Road where they met White
Watch crew, Station Manager Andy Bracken and Fire Authority member
and Councillor Steve Williams.
Chief Fire Officer Steve McGuirk presented Mr Love with a letter
of congratulation and thanked him for his courage before all the
guests enjoyed light refreshments and cakes.
Mr McGuirk said: "Had it not been for the brave actions of Mr
Love that morning, the outcome of the incident could have been far
"Not only did he do the right thing in investigating the sound
of the smoke alarm, he was prepared to break into a potentially
smoke-filled house to rescue one of his neighbours."
Mr Love, aged 32, was at Wednesday night's event with his wife
Joanne Love and their three children - Joshua, aged 12, Luke, aged
nine and Lily, aged three - as well as his mum
Jacquie Gorwood, step dad Carl Gorwood and best mate Luke
Mr Love said: "I didn't really realise what I had done until
other people starting telling me so it's really good to be
"It all happened really quickly - it was a bit of a blur. I just
thought I was doing what came naturally to me.
"I have seen the man since and he always tells people that I
saved his life which is nice.
"I didn't expect all this attention but it's great - my family
are proud and the kids have really enjoyed coming to the fire
Mrs Love, aged 32, said: "I think it's brilliant what he did. I
saw it all happening and it was a bit scary - I didn't know what he
Mrs Gorwood said: "It's brilliant want the fire service have
done for Chris and we've all really enjoyed it.
"He was really chuffed that he'd helped someone."