INDENTThe following is an extract from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society's 85th Annual Report:
"Silver Fire Medal and Illuminated Certificate of Thanks each to Inspector Frederick Buckley, P.C.385H (John Newby) and P.C.383H (James William Hague), for most gallantly rescuing three persons cut off in a building on fire in James Street, on July 14th.
At 3.30 a.m. on the 14th July, word was received at the Central Fire Station of a fire in the White Star Offices, James Street, and Nos.6 and 9 petrol motors and the electric escape were at once turned out. Upon arrival it was found that the fire had obtained a good hold on the premises from the fifth floor upwards on the east and staircase end, and the fire had also travelled down the lift shafts and was observable at the street level on the ground floor. The services of the whole of the staff from the Central Fire Station were requisitioned, also the engines and staff from Essex Street and Kildonan Road; the staff off duty at the same time were sent for. Entrance to the building was effected by means of the 85ft. turntable escape on the west side of the 80ft. balcony, and by other escapes on various floors at a lower level, and the fire fought back. The position of the keeper and his family who live on the top floor practically in the apex of the building about 100 to 110 ft. up, called for serious consideration, as their only means of ingress and egress was involved in the fire. The whole staff who worked so admirably were to be highly commended, especially Inspector Buckley and Constables Newby and Hague, who carried out the rescue of the keeper and his family under very dangerous circumstances upon a very acutely sloping roof.
The three officers named were each awarded #5 and the Merit Decoration by the Liverpool Watch Committee.