A DAD-of-three has been commended for bravery after he smashed his way into a burning shed to save a trapped man.
Upperthong man Jason Mather sprang into action after discovering his neighbour’s shed was on fire last February.
The 38-year-old sprinted through the snow in his socks and managed to break through the locked door to pull 53-year-old Doug Senior from certain death.
Mr Mather, who was awarded a certificate at a ceremony at Holmfirth Fire Station on Saturday, said he had been getting ready for work when his wife Claire told him smoke and flames were coming from the next door’s garden.
He said: “I was running late, if I’d been on time it could have been much worse.
“I didn’t have any shoes on but I ran through snow and ran against the door like you do in the movies.
“Eve, my eldest, ran out with me in her pyjamas.
“I bounced off the door four or five times, but eventually I got through.
“The fire was quite substantial, flames were licking round the door and Doug was just on the other side so I just dragged him out.”
Mr Mather, who works at Huddersfield engineering company Allsops, said he was pleased to accept the award but said his heroics were fuelled purely by instinct.
He added: “Anybody in that situation would at the very least attempt what I did.
“But it’s great to get the award – I think I’ll have to start wearing my underpants on the outside of my trousers,” he joked.
Mr Senior said he was certain the Mathers’ quick thinking had saved him from death.
He said: “The shed burst into a fireball, if it hadn’t been for Jason and Claire getting up and seeing the flames I wouldn’t be here today.
“I’m certain I was seconds from death, it was an absolute inferno.
“I couldn’t get the door open, my hands were burnt, my lungs were burnt, I was in hospital for quite a while.
“I was only trapped for about a minute but the shed was gone within 10 minutes.
“I’ve been in some situations in my life but that was the closest call I’ve had.”