Two heroes given civic awards after rescuing man from smoke-logged home



Two men who risked their lives to bring an elderly resident out of his smoke-logged home in Caerphilly have been honoured with civic awards by Penyrheol, Energlyn and Trecenydd Community Council.

Peggy Leigh, who called in regularly to see 94-year-old Frank Thomas of Heol y Pia, Glenfields, contacted Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle about the heroic efforts of Carl Davies, also of Heol y Pia, who was on his way home from work and Paul Davies of Swansea, who was working in the area.

Lindsay Whittle, who wrote to the community council, said: "I knew Frank really well. He was a Plaid Cymru member and very popular character in the area.

"These men fully deserve these awards for their bravery because they went into a smoke-filled house to bring Frank out in very difficult circumstances."

Peggy Leigh said: "Frank belonged to the same church as me, St Cenydd Road Presbyterian and several of us used to keep an eye on him. I came across the fire which, I believe, was caused by a smouldering heater when I called in.

"I tried to get into the house twice but could not get past the second door because the black smoke was creating a choking atmosphere. But these brave men came along and pulled Frank out. I felt it was important their actions were recognised."