Senior Recognized for Helping ‘Save a Life’
Prince George, B.C. – Dozens gathered at the Prince George Chateau retirement home this morning to honour a woman for her heroism during a fire there last November.
Back on November 4, 2015, Millie Allen pulled her next door neighbour from her suite after hearing the smoke alarm and noticing fire inside.
Both women were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation and the small blaze forced 150 residents to evacuate the building.
Allen, a life long Prince George resident, received the Fire Commissioner’s Commendation Plaque and a certificate of merit from the City of Prince George for her actions.
“It feels wonderful right now and I did what I had to do and I would do it again if I had to for anyone,” she said following the ceremony. “I didn’t expect this at all and didn’t want to be a hero but it makes me feel real good that everybody thinks I am.”
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris was one of many dignitaries present to honour Allen.
“We need lots of citizens like her,” he said. “She kept her presence of mind in a situation that most people would panic and as a result of her presence of mind she was able to help save a life.”
Deputy Chief Cliff Warner with Prince George Fire Rescue added her actions were easier said than done.
“Absolutely. It’s not something you see everyday and people react in different ways and it was just a spur of the moment for her to react that way for her friend and it was great she was able to help her.”