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Boys commended for family rescue

Two teenagers who rescued a young family from a fire at a block of flats have been commended for their bravery.

Joshua Cramer and Daniel Ridgeon, both aged 15, ran to the top floor of the building in Anselm Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, after hearing screams.

Daniel tackled a burning armchair while Joshua escorted two adults, a nine-month-old baby and a two-year-old child to safety in August, last year.

They both received bravery awards at Bury St Edmunds Police Station.

Joshua and Daniel were awarded a certificate and cash sum in testimony of distinguished conduct from the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire.

The boys, who were nominated for both awards by Suffolk Police, also received a cash sum from the Provincial Police Awards.

'Immense courage'

Chief Constable Simon Ash, who presented the awards, said: "I am very pleased to be able to recognise the bravery of these two young men, whose quick-thinking saved a young family from a fire which was well alight.

"Both thought of the safety of others before themselves, but quickly reacted to the situation so no-one suffered any serious injury as a result of the fire."

Suffolk Fire and Rescue's western area commander John Wilcock added: "With little regard for their own safety, these two young boys displayed immense courage."

The boys had been playing at Daniel's house when they heard screams on 7 August 2007.

Smoke was coming from the building so Daniel alerted residents by pressing the door entry buttons and shouting.

The fire was put out with help from other members of the public before the fire service arrived. The cause of the blaze is believed to have been accidental.

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