Firefighter hero is honoured

A FIREFIGHTER who died battling to save a woman trapped in a burning building has been honoured for his bravery.Former Framlingham College pupil Jeffrey Wornham has been awarded the George Medal for his efforts in attempting to rescue the woman from the 14th floor of a block of flats in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in February 2005.

A FIREFIGHTER who died battling to save a woman trapped in a burning building has been honoured for his bravery.

Former Framlingham College pupil Jeffrey Wornham has been awarded the George Medal for his efforts in attempting to rescue the woman from the 14th floor of a block of flats in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in February 2005.

Mr Wornham, 28, from Royston in Hertfordshire, was killed along with colleague Michael Miller, 26, in the blaze in Harrow Court, Stevenage.

According to the citation in the Queen's Commendations for Bravery, the two firemen, from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, were among the first on the scene, assessing the situation as “serious”.

Their colleagues prepared the equipment and water needed to enter the building, but before this was ready, cries of help were heard.

Mr Wornham and Mr Miller decided to enter and one man was rescued and told crews his girlfriend was still inside.

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By this time, conditions inside the burning building had deteriorated.

But the two firefighters dashed back inside and were engulfed by flames as they attempted the second rescue. All three died inside.

The George Medal is awarded for acts of great bravery.

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