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Youngster gains bravery award

Thursday 23rd January 2014

A fifteen year old from Greenwich recently gained a Met bravery award after rescuing an elderly woman from a burning home and puts it down to what he learnt during taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Joshua Robertson was delivering the Sunday papers when he saw smoke billowing from a house in Alderwood Road, Eltham, in July last year.

The student of St Paul’s Academy, in Greenwich, banged on the door and found a woman in her 70s who refused to leave her home despite the kitchen being ablaze.

The schoolboy alerted neighbours, who called emergency services, before covering his face and re-entering the house where he persuaded the woman to leave the building.

Joshua said, “She was very shocked and distressed and as I rushed into the house I saw that the kitchen and parts of the floor were on fire. It seemed that the fire had started from the toaster. I told the woman that she had to get out right away but at first she wouldn't leave."

Both were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation but were discharged later the same day.

He added, "Looking back I feel very happy and proud that I was able to help save her life. I don't think she would have left her house without my help."

Joshua (pictured centre below), a volunteer police cadet, was awarded an Assistant Commissioner’s Commendation for his bravery at a ceremony held at New Scotland Yard on January 10th 2014.

He says skills learned as a cadet, volunteering in an Abbey Wood care home and his experience during Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training all helped him remain calm in the situation.

Mark Cawthorne, DofE Coordinator, added, “Joshua completed 12 weeks of  DofE training with us to help him prepare for his Bronze level award. He is a dedicated and committed individual who took on every challenge he faced during his award, with determination and a strong sense of teamwork. Joshua Successfully completed his DofE Award at the end of last year. He was an active member and we are extremely proud of his recent heroic act.”