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Bravery of Barnehurst fire fighters hailed after battling flames on 12th floor of Grenfell Tower fire

PUBLISHED: 16:09 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 20 June 2017

Barnehurst crew manager Carl Ramsey (left) and firefighter Neil Franklin (right) met with the leader of Bexley council Teresa O'Neill as well as the mayor and mayoress of Bexley, Peter and Irene Reader, on Monday

Barnehurst crew manager Carl Ramsey (left) and firefighter Neil Franklin (right) met with the leader of Bexley council Teresa O'Neill as well as the mayor and mayoress of Bexley, Peter and Irene Reader, on Monday

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The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA WireGrenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

It might have been on the other side of London, but three Barnehurst fire fighters stood side by side with their colleagues from across the capital at the Grenfell Tower fire last week.

Crew manager Carl Ramsey along with fire fighters Neil Franklin and Andrew McArthur arrived at the real-life towering inferno 22 miles from their station on Wednesday last week, where they battled flames on the 12th floor of the apartment block.

Two of the fire fighters were greeted and personally thanked by the leader of the council as well as the mayor and mayoress of Bexley on Monday, the same day surviving tower residents cheered London Fire Brigade for their bravery as they left the scene.

Praise has already come from on-high for the courage shown in battling last week’s blaze, which is believed to have killed up to 79 people.

Dany Cotton, commissioner of LFB said she had “taken enormous strength from the amazing response” of her staff in the wake of the tragedy.

Echoing her praise, council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “The tragic events of recent weeks have reminded us all how much we rely on the professionalism and bravery of our emergency services.

“We call on them to respond instantly to every type of incident and they never fail to rise to the challenge.

“The mayor, the mayoress and I visited Barnehurst fire station because we wanted to personally thank the firefighters who responded to the fire on behalf of the local community.

“We are proud of the role they played and we know that the other officers and other services based in the borough respond with equal bravery to the demands we make on them.”

Mayor Peter Reader added: “I’m in admiration of the work they have done, to enter the building in those conditions, climb the stairs with their heavy gear up to the 12th floor and fight the fire, I don’t know how they do it. They go to wherever they are needed.”

This isn’t the first instance of Bexley’s front line services lending a hand, earlier this month eight Bexley police officers were sent to London Bridge during the terror attack, in which an off-duty officer from Bexley was injured and is still recovering.

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