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Firefighter who rescued child and dog from flooding in Masham gets award

A firefighter who saved a child and a dog from a tide of flood water in Masham has been given an award.

A firefighter who saved a child and a dog from a tide of flood water in Masham has been given an award. Crew Manager Chris Johnstone waded into the water up to waist height to rescue the pair back in February last year. Members of the public voted to choose him as the winner of this year’s North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Public Choice Awards. Chris received his award during a virtual ceremony on Friday night. Before the public vote, a judging panel shortlisted three entries for each category, here's what they had to say about Crew Manager Chris Johnstone...

"During heavy floods in Masham in February 2020, NYFRS Crew Manager Johnstone went to speak to residents and was hit with a barrage of anger from understandably stressed residents. Chris remained calm, polite and professional as he attempted to calm the residents. "Later on, whilst still on site at Masham, Chris saw a resident, her daughter and her dog, making their way home when a tide of water came towards the child and dog threatening to sweep them away. Anticipating the event Chris waded into the water up to waist height, picked up the child and the dog, and carried them to safety.  Chris received a heartfelt letter of appreciation from the child’s mother that the child is now inspired to become a Firefighter when she grows up."
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