Hero paramedic hopeful in becoming Olympic torchbearer

Jeanette Yeoell, paramedic practitioner, who saved a pensioner from a burning house in Clifton Rise
Jeanette Yeoell, paramedic practitioner, who saved a pensioner from a burning house in Clifton Rise

A PARAMEDIC who rescued a pensioner from a burning house could be chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer as she moves one step closer in the nomination process.

Jeanette Yeoell, of Ticehurst Close, was nominated because of her heroic actions in coming to the aid of the 73-year-old woman at her Clifton Rise bungalow in November 2009.

She kicked in a glass door and crawled through to rescue the badly burnt pensioner, battling thick smoke and the threat of fire.

The paramedic, who is based at Bexhill Ambulance Station, has now reached the second stage of the nomination process to be one of the London 2012 Olympic torchbearers.

She is one of 28,000 people to reach this far so has a one in 14 chance of being selected to take part.

The nomination will now be reviewed by one of 12 regional selection panels which will be looking for 2,012 individuals with the most inspirational stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community.

If successful, Jeanette will be offered a place as one of the 8,000 torchbearers needed in total for the Olympic Torch Relay.

A seasoned marathon runner, Jeanette competed in the first ever UK women’s marathon in the 1970s and has also completed numerous marathons including London, New York and Boston.

Jeanette, of Ticehurst Close, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity and would be a real honour if I was chosen.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it would be a privilege to represent the ambulance service.”

After her heroic actions, Jeanette was also presented with a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum in August last year and given the Mayor’s Award for Bravery in the Bexhill Achievers Awards 2010.

The paramedic will learn if she has been successful in becoming a torchbearer in December.