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Queen's Medal for man who rescued family

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

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A man who helped rescue five children from a burning house when he was 18 has been presented with the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Matthew Robinson, now 20, heard Tracee Barlow screaming for help as her children were trapped as their home, in Abbotsbury, West Dorset, went up in flames in January 2010.

Mr Robinson's mother, Jackie Robinson, got a ladder and helped three of the children escape.

He then went inside the house to gather Ms Barlow's son Jack, 11, and daughter Chantelle, five, before passing them out of the window to his father, Roy.

After receiving the medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, Mr Robinson said: "It is good to know that the Queen realises that people in our own country do stuff that is heroic as well."

Asked what it is like to be a hero, the mechanic said: "It feels quite good, I'm not going to lie.

"I do get the 'mick' taken quite a lot, there's quite a few people who make jokes about it.

"If I turn up people will be like, 'oh, here's the hero', stuff like that."

The Queen's Gallantry Medal is awarded for acts of bravery by citizens that rank lower than those deemed necessary for the George Medal.

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