Blackburn firefighter Gordon is a chip off the old block

Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon with dad Dougie Gordon with dad Dougie

AN OFF-DUTY firefighter has received a commendation for saving a woman from a burning house — 40 years after his father got a similar award.

Father-of-two Gordon Mitchell, who has worked for the fire service in Blackburn for 18 years, shrugged off the label of being a hero, saying the rescue was “just good teamwork”.

Gordon, who lives in Columbia Way with his wife Lisa and children Maia, six, and Cameron, two, was at home watching a football match last June when a neighbour banged on his window to tell him a house down the street was ablaze.

The 40-year-old said: “I was just settling down and there was a knock at the window.

“I went to the door and one of the neighbours said the house was on fire.

“You could see the smoke issuing out of the kitchen door and fire in the kitchen units above the cooker had taken hold.

“We are always told if you are not sure if there are persons inside to treat the fire as if there are.”

Gordon made his way upstairs and found the woman semi-conscious.

He managed to get her downstairs and to the front door, but could not get out because the door was locked and the keys were not to hand, so he got them out through the kitchen door.

He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there.

The woman, who was 48 at the time, suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation but was not seriously hurt. Gordon received a commendation for his bravery at a ceremony on Wednesday evening at Blackburn Fire Station.

His father Dougie, now 73, was a police constable in Blackburn in 1972 and also tackled a fire in a neighbour’s kitchen in Whinney Lane, Blackburn, when off duty.

Gordon said: “Obviously I am very proud but I am embarrassed too.

“To get a commendation is fantastic but I feel like it was a good team effort. I think my dad was a hero.

“All dads are heroes but I don’t see myself like that.

“It is nice, though, to think my kids will be able to look at what I did and have the pride that I did for my dad.”

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7:28am Sat 19 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

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He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there.

oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-)
Quote: He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there. oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-) 2 for 5p

8:19am Sat 19 Jan 13

oracle999 says...

doesnt have to be big fire to kill d*%$head
doesnt have to be big fire to kill d*%$head oracle999

1:17am Sun 20 Jan 13

thoroughbred says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there.

oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-)
why is there always a tw&t like you to put the dampers on anything good, that you don't happen to be a part of?
This guy was off duty relaxing with his family and went out of his way to save a life, what does it matter what he used, he could've used a bl@@dy jug, the fact is....he saved a life!
I knew this guy as a customer some years back and he wasn't/isn't a show-off, or boaster, this commendation will have highly embarrassed him and we don't need negative comments from pillocks like you! Grow the fk up! I hope you're never in a dilemma, cos I wouldn't p*ss on you!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there. oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-)[/p][/quote]why is there always a tw&t like you to put the dampers on anything good, that you don't happen to be a part of? This guy was off duty relaxing with his family and went out of his way to save a life, what does it matter what he used, he could've used a bl@@dy jug, the fact is....he saved a life! I knew this guy as a customer some years back and he wasn't/isn't a show-off, or boaster, this commendation will have highly embarrassed him and we don't need negative comments from pillocks like you! Grow the fk up! I hope you're never in a dilemma, cos I wouldn't p*ss on you! thoroughbred

2:05am Sun 20 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

thoroughbred wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there.

oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-)
why is there always a tw&t like you to put the dampers on anything good, that you don't happen to be a part of?
This guy was off duty relaxing with his family and went out of his way to save a life, what does it matter what he used, he could've used a bl@@dy jug, the fact is....he saved a life!
I knew this guy as a customer some years back and he wasn't/isn't a show-off, or boaster, this commendation will have highly embarrassed him and we don't need negative comments from pillocks like you! Grow the fk up! I hope you're never in a dilemma, cos I wouldn't p*ss on you!
You gotta laugh :
I think he put dampers on himself with the hose pipe.
:-)
[quote][p][bold]thoroughbred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: He then took the garden hose and fought the fire until his colleagues got there. oh that must of been a big fire then. ;-)[/p][/quote]why is there always a tw&t like you to put the dampers on anything good, that you don't happen to be a part of? This guy was off duty relaxing with his family and went out of his way to save a life, what does it matter what he used, he could've used a bl@@dy jug, the fact is....he saved a life! I knew this guy as a customer some years back and he wasn't/isn't a show-off, or boaster, this commendation will have highly embarrassed him and we don't need negative comments from pillocks like you! Grow the fk up! I hope you're never in a dilemma, cos I wouldn't p*ss on you![/p][/quote]You gotta laugh : I think he put dampers on himself with the hose pipe. :-) 2 for 5p

2:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

oracle999 says...

2for 5p clearly doesn't have a job or a life if he is writing his trash at 2am on a Monday morning. No doubt on an iPad that our tax money has paid for
2for 5p clearly doesn't have a job or a life if he is writing his trash at 2am on a Monday morning. No doubt on an iPad that our tax money has paid for oracle999

11:49pm Tue 22 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

I write at 2 am because I have a sleeping disorder,
I work and I payed for my own I pad.
So there
I write at 2 am because I have a sleeping disorder, I work and I payed for my own I pad. So there 2 for 5p

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