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A HOMELESS man has been reunited with staff from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) who helped him out in a time of need.
On the evening of Tuesday, March 10, 48-year-old Perry Parker had been sleeping on Rupert Street when his bag of blankets and clothes were set alight.
GMFRS firefighters from Bolton Central Fire Station put out the fire and members of the Community Risk Intervention Team then offered welfare support to Perry.
Perry, along with Alan Holt from Urban Outreach in Bolton, were invited to Bolton Central on Thursday, April 16, to meet those who helped him following the incident which left him with no belongings and shaken.
Perry said: “I’ve been left shaken following the incident and keep having nightmares about my bag of clothes being set alight and how I came back to find them on fire and a man running away.
“I really enjoyed meeting the firefighters and others fire service staff who helped me after the incident and can’t thank them enough.”
On the evening of the incident firefighters went to Rupert Street and once the fire was out CRIT members Adrian Peake and Jack Brook gave Perry a blanket and a hot drink before driving him to the Urban Outreach centre on Salop Street.
Streetlife Project Worker Alan then offered Perry support meaning that he can sleep safely off the streets.
White Watch Crew Manager, Phil Dearden, said: “It is really nice to meet someone that we have helped as we often don’t get closure on an incident, and it is great that things are looking up for Perry following the incident.”
To find out more about CRIT please visit GMFRS’ website here - http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/about_us/what_we_do/key-projects/crit/
Photo attached of Perry with White Watch and CRIT member Adrian Peake at the reunion - courtesy of The Bolton News