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Editor's Viewpoint: A hero of our time

Published 28/07/2010

We often take our heroes for granted. The story of fireman Gavin Miller, who dragged a colleague out of a raging inferno where temperatures reached more than 1000 degrees, illustrates the point.

Every day firemen put their lives on the line to rescue others or to attempt to stop buildings burning down. Seldom do they get the praise they deserve.

Mr Miller has been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his bravery in bringing colleague, Joe McCloskey, from the fire at the Gorteen House Hotel near Limavady. Mr McCloskey later died, but he survived long enough to have some parting words with his family. The bravery award is richly deserved, but so conspicuous was his gallantry, it's a wonder it took seven years to be formally acknowledged.

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