Brave Portsmouth scout praised by Bear Grylls

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YOUNG scout Lewis Clark is to receive an award his bravery – by television’s survival expert Bear Grylls.

The nine-year-old cub scout, from 5th Portsmouth Scouts, alerted his family to a fire at their home in Bernie Road, Milton, last October.

He will receive an award from the television star, who is also chief scout, at St James’ Church, in Milton Road, on July 9.

On October 15 last year, the youngster, who enjoys judo and swimming in his spare time, was at home when his mother lit candles in the living room and then left to carry on cleaning.

His sister Jessica, six, accidentally knocked some decorative twigs onto the candles which caught fire.

Lewis sprung into action after hearing his sister’s scream and alerted his mum Sarah to the incident unfolding.

He helped his sister out of the room towards the front door and alerted a person who lived nearby, remembering his neighbour was recovering from a broken leg.

Bear Grylls said: ‘Your story is an inspiration to so many and personifies all that is best about scouting. You are a shining example of bravery and courage, and you should be rightly proud.’

Steve Foye, area manager of Hampshire Fire and Rescue’s community safety team, said: ‘I am very impressed with the quick thinking that Lewis showed in a dangerous situation and especially in one so young.

‘He did absolutely the right thing raising the alarm and getting his sister out of the house.

‘Lewis no doubt holds many of the skills and attributes demonstrated by scouts across the world and he is to be commended for his actions.’