PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George resident Millie Allen has been recognized for saving a potential fire victim from harm with the Fire Commissioner’s Commendation plaque.

Prince George MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond presented Allen with the award on behalf of the B.C. government.

“Citizens like Ms. Allen contribute to our public safety,” Morris said. “Our city is a better place because of individuals like Ms. Allen who are willing to risk their own safety to help others.”

“It is an honour to recognize Millie Allen today with this special award,” Bond said. “Without hesitation or concern for her personal safety, Millie stepped up to help a neighbour. Millie represents the very best of our community and we are grateful for the courage she showed. Thank you for making a difference, Millie!”

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Allen heard the fire alarm and noticed fire and smoke in her next door neighbour’s suite. Allen pulled the woman out of her suite. Both women went to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Allen went home soon after treatment.

“The residents, staff and management of the Prince George Chateau are very proud of the courageous efforts of Millie Allen,” Prince George Chateau community sales director Tony Royan said. “Millie went above and beyond to save the life of her fellow neighbor by going into the fire and pulling her out to safety. Millie’s actions are a true testament of her heroics and bravery, and we are very thankful for everything she did on that day.”

“Millie Allen showed great courage when she entered the smoke-filled suite to rescue her neighbor,” Prince George Fire Chief John Iverson said. “Had she not risked her own life and entered this very hazardous atmosphere I’m certain the outcome would have had tragic consequences.”

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ms. Allen for her act of selfless bravery,” Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall said. “In emergency situations, people can act in many different ways. The fact that Millie thought not of herself, but of the person next to her at such a frightening time speaks volumes about the quality of her character.”

The Fire Commissioner’s Commendation recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to fire safety in British Columbia.

Learn more about the Commendation at http://ow.ly/XHISV.