Saturday, December 8, 2018

Grenfell Tower blaze aftermath firefighter lost job

Hero Grenfell Tower firefighter 'I have been cast out of a job I love'

7 December 2018

Charlie Kaye was one of hundreds of firemen at Grenfell Tower blaze aftermath
Nine months later he ran into a burning building in a desperate bid to save a man
Mr Kaye, 32, contravened Fire Brigade rules as he entered without his partner
His heroism led to a dismissal for contravening health and safety regulations

Like many dedicated firefighters, Charlie Kaye has spent his professional life propelled by two instincts — to save lives and help others.
Charlie Kaye (centre left) was one of four firefighters to receive a prestigious Borough Commander’s Award for bravery for helping to save a woman who had collapsed from a blood clot
In ten years of distinguished service he’s battled blazes all over London and attended harrowing road and rail accidents — each one leaving its mark.

‘I have lost count of the number of fatal incidents I’ve attended. Each one eats away at you a little,’ he recalls. ‘But that’s the job.’

It’s a job which, in June last year, led him to one of the most distressing points of his career, when the 32-year-old was one of the hundreds of fireman to attend the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, helping to clear bodies from the wreckage of the West London tower block. The sights of that day are permanently seared on his mind — along with the guilt that this time, there was no chance of saving anyone.
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