For saving a cat, these two men received ‘Medal of honour’ (Photos)
Richard Price and Daryl Webb went above and beyond.
The two men, who rushed into a burning house and put out a fire saving a 17-year-old pet cat, received the RSPCA’s bronze gallantry award on Saturday, a nod to their selfless act.
According to the RSPCA, Price and Webb were driving through Burry Port, Wales, when they spotted flames at the home of Kathryn Hayler. Price immediately dialed an emergency number while Webb raced into the house after the owner.
They helped evacuate Hayler from the smoke-filled front room and stamp out the fire which had spread from the blazing curtains and found Marmalade the cat cowering in the corner.
“The curtains were alight,” Price, 21, described. “There was a lot of smoke. Afterwards we saw Marmalade was crouching down on the floor.”
Hayler didn’t even know her senior kitty was in the house at the time of the fire. “If they hadn’t managed to put the fire out I dread to think what would have happened to him,” she said. “I’m so grateful to them for saving Marmalade.”
Thanks to the men’s quick action, both Hayler and Marmalade escaped without injury but “it could have been much worse,” Price added. “We just acted on instinct, we wanted to help, but looking back it was very scary.”
RSPCA Chief Executive Jeremy Cooper honored the men on Saturday for their “incredible bravery tackling a fire which was spreading quickly.”
“They are very deserving of their award for their heroic actions and I’m very proud to present it to them,” he added.
Webb was touched that the group shined a spotlight on them. “It’s very unexpected to get an award from the RSPCA,” he said, “I just did what anyone would have done.”