A Heywood man is being presented with an #award for #bravery after helping a man who was on #fire.
Valery Cretol, a road gritter on duty in Harpurhey on 14 January, noticed a large fire ball opposite his vehicle.
“At first, I thought it was a bin on fire but, after looking a bit closer I could tell what was happening and instinct took over”, he said.
Without thinking of potential harm, 43-year-old Valery ran over to the man who had set fire to himself. He quickly rolled the man in an attempt to stop the burning and contacted emergency services.
Valery, who is originally from France, stopped the flames as best he could. Two passers-by helped after being flagged down by Valery. Emergency services quickly attended the scene but unfortunately, the man on fire sadly died.
On 22 March Valery will be presented with the Chief Constable’s Citizens Commendation for his act of selfless bravery. He will receive his award at a ceremony at #GMP’s Hough End Complex.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling for Greater Manchester Police said: “First of all I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the family of the man who died under the most tragic of circumstances.
“Acts like Valery’s should not go unrecognised as this man has shown real bravery in an attempt to save another, a lesson that we can all learn from”.
Speaking about his action Valery said: “I surprised myself but at the end of the day you help because you want to. It’s human nature and I know I would have been devastated had I not been able to assist as I did.
“It is nice to be rewarded as I know that some people would just walk away, however I’ve not done this for recognition, at the time it was all about the instinct which took over”.