Grand Valley recognizes local man’s heroic actions, saving elderly neighbour from house fire

July 27, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Robin George

Alan Mackie faced flames to save a neighbour’s life earlier this year.

And Mackie was presented on June 27 with a Citation of Heroism award from the Town of Grand Valley, “in recognition of outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger.”

When he saw his elderly neighbour’s house was on fire, he called 911. 

The dispatcher told him not to enter the building, but Mackie could not sit back and watch the house burn with his neighbour inside. 

So he kicked in the front door and ran through the smoke, dodging flames, to reach the senior in his bedroom. 

Mackie escorted his neighbour safely outside, by which time paramedics had arrived. 

The fire took place in Grand Valley and paramedics, firefighters, and police from Grand Valley and Dufferin attended the scene. 

A Dufferin OPP press release states the senior was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and was lucky to survive the fire, thanks to “the heroic actions of a neighbour.”  

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