AN HEROIC teenager who risked his life to rescue a woman from her burning Feltham flat has been honoured for his bravery.
Joao Borrao was passing the lady's house in Bedfont Lane on the evening of July 1 last year when he heard her screaming from the first floor.
The Longford Community School student scaled a ladder and smashed the window before leading her to safety, almost certainly saving her life according to onlookers.
London fire commissioner Ron Dobson presented the 16-year-old with a letter of congratulations by during a special ceremony at Southwark Training Centre last Wednesday (March 3).
"Joao has shown true bravery and thanks to him a person’s life was saved," he said.
Firefighters arrived moments after the dramatic rescue and spent two hours tackling the blaze, while Joao and the woman he saved were taken to Ashford Hospital as a precaution.
Speaking to the Chronicle shortly after the blaze, Joao said: "The woman said I should get a medal but I don't want anything. If it happened to me I just hope someone would do the same.".
Feltham watch manager George Green, who was at the scene of the fire, said: "We are very proud to have this dedicated young man in our community. Joao has risked his life at the time when nobody else was there to help and deserves to be praised for his bravery.
"He has also expressed some interest in becoming a firefighter after finishing his studies at college and we are looking forward to receiving his application."
Mr Green was joined by Feltham’s station manager (at the time) Colin Parker and Hounslow’s borough commander Phil Butler in congratulating the teenager.