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Derry woman meets firefighter who saved her life, 37 years later

By Staff Reporter

A Londonderry woman has been reunited with a fightfighter who 37 years ago found her under a rug and saved her life.

Roisin Curran was just five-years-old during the Miller Street fire in the city in 1980.

Her family fled the blaze but she hid under a rug in her bedroom.

Firefighter Wilby McClelland arrived at the scene and undeterred by the flames fought to get to the bedroom where he saw something wriggling under the rug. He whisked her up in his arms and out of the inferno. Roisin was handed to the waiting ambulance where she lost and regained her vital signs three times.

Roisin became a nurse when she grew up and incredibly happened to mentioned to an elderly patient at Altnagelvin that she was once in the fire, only to realise she was talking to the man who saved her life.

"I just think it is amazing we have met after all this time," Roisin told BBC Radio Foyle. "I've always thought about the fireman that saved me and now I know him."

Roisin and Wilby are now hoping to track down the ambulance team on duty that night.

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