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Bravery awards for burning house rescue heroes

Two PSNI officers and a neighbour who saved a woman from her burning house are to be rewarded for their bravery.

The three heroes — police officers Shelton Irvine-Monteith and Anne Lavery, and Laurence McGill from Killyclogher near Omagh — are to be honoured by the Royal Humane Society.

The woman, who has not been named, was plucked from the upper floor of a blazing building in Co Tyrone on July 18 this year.

She was rescued after being carried on Mr Irvine-Monteith’s shoulders down a ladder.

After the alarm was raised both PSNI officers arrived on the scene and the woman was spotted sitting on an upstairs window ledge.

Mr McGill, who lives in a nearby street, took a ladder from his home and held it steady with Ms Lavery. Mr Irvine-Monteith then climbed up and through smoke to reach the woman.

In recognition of their bravery Mr Irvine-Monteith is to receive a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment and Ms Lavery and Mr McGill are to receive certificates of commendation.

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