Retired firefighter presented with award after bravely rushing in to house fire

Richard King presents Angelo Errigo with his award
Richard King presents Angelo Errigo with his award

A RETIRED firefighter who risked his life to break in to a house with flames and smoke billowing from a nearby garden shed, has been named Resident of the Month.

Angelo Errigo hasn’t been fighting fires for many years but when he was driving along Gardener Close, Langney Point, and saw smoke pouring from the shed, his instinct kicked in and he raced to the scene.

He was worried the fire would spread to the house so broke down the front door to check there was no-one asleep inside.

Fortunately, the house was empty so Angelo dialled 999 and it wasn’t long before two fire crews arrived at the scene to quell the flames.

The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community.

It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.

Richard King, director at Advanta, said, “Angelo didn’t think twice when he saw the fire and would almost certainly have saved lives had anyone been inside the building.

“We’re pleased to recognise Angelo’s bravery and he’s a very deserving winner of December’s Resident of the Month Award.”

As part of his award, Angelo is now looking forward to a complimentary meal for two at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.

To nominate someone email or call 411222.