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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.
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.
being told by neighbours that someone was in the house, he
and other officers smashed down the door of the first-floor
"By that time, smoke was coming down the stairs",
told the 'Free Press' this week.
"I told the others to stay outside and I began to crawl
up the stairs".
smoke was so dense that there was only clear air about 12
inches above the level of the stairs.
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
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