The firefighter who rescued a man from Spanish Town pit gets a national award

Lance Corporal Dennis Taylor of the Jamaica Fire Brigade is hoping that his heroic exploit of pulling a possible murder victim from a 55-foot pit on Jones Avenue in Spanish Town will be used to inspire and influence others to do good.

Taylor received the Medal of Honour for Gallantry on Monday during the Ceremony of Investiture and Presentations of National Honours and Awards, which took place online this year because of COVID-19.

“I am extremely happy to be receiving this award. God has brought this upon me as a blessing. My mom, my kids, members of my organization, they are all proud and I am just thankful I was able to do something wonderful and influential persons in a positive manner,” Taylor said.

On May 2, Taylor was a part of a unit from the Spanish Town Fire Station that responded to a call for assistance on Jones Avenue, where 66-year-old George Smart was thrown in the 55-foot pit by hoodlums.

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