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Hero Gordon McKnight

HEROIC Stranraer policeman Gordon McKnight, who rescued a man from a smoke-filled house has had his bravery recognised.

On Tuesday night he was presented with an award from The Society for the Protection of Life from Fire.

In May last year, 32-year-old Sergeant McKnight was called out to a house in Stranraer after receiving reports that smoke was coming from a window.

After being told by neighbours that someone was in the house, he and other officers smashed down the door of the first-floor flat.

"By that time, smoke was coming down the stairs",

he told the 'Free Press' this week.

"I told the others to stay outside and I began to crawl up the stairs".

The smoke was so dense that there was only clear air about 12 inches above the level of the stairs.

"I found the livingroom door and remember touching it with the back of my hand to see if it was warm. It was not so I knew there was not much chance of finding flames behind it",

he added.

Because a window was open in the livingroom, the smoke was not so dense there and Sergeant McKnight found the man who lived in the house asleep on a couch. He woke him up and moved him to safety.

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