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Barry’s bravery is commended

WEST WICKHAM: Window cleaner saved teen's life

A CATFORD window cleaner who stopped a teenage girl hanging herself from a tree in West Wickham has been honoured for his bravery.

Barry Parr, 52, of Winsford Road, clung to the 14-year-old girl in the freezing cold for almost an hour last year before firefighters helped lower her to the ground.

Mr Parr was working in The Avenue when he saw the girl climb a tree, remove her shoe laces and tie them round her neck.

Speaking to News Shopper after the incident he said: "She climbed even higher, to what must have been about 30ft.

"I rushed for my big ladder but she wrapped the laces around a branch."

The teenager, who was a patient at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham, told Mr Parr to leave her alone because she wanted to kill herself.

Mr Parr climbed up to the girl and held on to her until the emergency services arrived.

Police, firefighters and paramedics closed off the street and managed to bring the pair down using a hydraulic lift.

Bromley firefighter Paul Kelly, who attended the incident, said: "He did something special because a lot of cars and people were just passing by but he dealt with it.

"He was only wearing a T-shirt and jeans and he was up there in an awkward position in that weather.

"He deserves the award."

Mr Parr received the Royal Humane Society Bronze medal for his actions on December 12, 2001, during a ceremony at the London Fire Brigade's Training Centre, in Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark, late last month.

At the same ceremony, leading firefighter Thomas Harris, of Downham fire station, received the society's Resuscitation Certificate for reviving a man in Burnt Ash Hill on February 26 2002.

The Royal Humane Society, which presents awards to people who risk their own safety to try to save the lives of others, welcomes all nominations.

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