Royal Humane Society

Cameron Woodhead (18) and Dominic Woodhead (16)

Testimonial on Vellum

The boys were at home in Kippax, Leeds on the 28th July 2016 when they were alerted to a fire in a neighbour’s house. They assumed the family was inside and went in to help. The living room was ablaze and the kitchen was partly ablaze. The stairs were on fire and there was burning debris falling. They had three fire extinguishers and they emptied all three. Dominic first entered alone but then went back with his brother two or three times. Michael Dearden, a neighbour, also went in. They believed there were children behind the bedroom doors. In fact, all occupants except a teenage boy had already escaped. Not knowing this, the Woodheads then went to their Grandmother’s house and collected some ladders. Michael also went to acquire some ladders. They were put up against the back of the house. The male adult from the house then climbed one but was beaten back by the flames. A boy came to the window but froze. The Woodheads repeatedly encouraged him to jump and eventually he started to climb down a ladder but fell head first. Cameron caught him. There was an explosion from the room five seconds later. The Woodheads needed hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Cameron and Dominic Woodhead were each awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Vellum.