A TEENAGER has been honoured for saving a Crewe pensioner's life.
Melissa Parkes has been presented with an award by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The 17-year-old, of Third Avenue, Sandbach, is studying hairdressing at South Cheshire College. She had been in Crewe visiting friends on the day of the incident in May last year.
Melissa and the group had just called for another friend on Dane Bank Avenue when they heard an alarm going off in a bungalow on the road.
She ran into the house and was confronted by a wall of smoke. She found the elderly woman who lived there was disorientated by the smoke and led her to safety while someone else phoned the fire service Melissa was presented with the Chief Fire Officer's Meritorious Action Award at the ceremony on Thursday.
She said: 'It was terrifying going up to get the award. I'm not used to getting up in front of lots of people like that.
'My mum and dad and my friends were all very proud. I think they were quite amazed I did it really. It's not everyday you have the opportunity to go and save someone.'
A Cheshire Fire Service spokesman said: 'The fire officer who arrived at the scene pointed out that the elderly lady was unable to respond to the situation independently and if it wasn't for the intervention of Melissa the situation could have had a different outcome.
'Her actions were reported as being brave and selfless, an act worthy of acknowledgement.'