Conisbrough Man Saved Child aged Two

October 1968

South Yorkshire Times October 12, 1968

Conisbrough Man Saved Child (2)

The prompt action of a Conisbrough man, employed as a chargehand by a building company, saved the life of a two-years-old girl when her parents gassed themselves, said the Coroner, Mr. C. L. Blenkinsop, at a Rotherham inquest yesterday (Thursday).

Mr. Blenkinsop recorded verdicts that Douglas Wade (21), and his wife, Denise (18), killed themselves in their home at 2, Kenneth House, in Rotherham Corporation’s new St. Ann’s development. Altogether

The child, Zena, was found unconscious and taken to Rotherham Hospital, where she later recovered.

Mr. Blenkinsop commended the action of Mr. Christopher Condron, of 56, Wellgate, Conisbrough, who said his attention was drawn to a smell of gas in the building.

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He knocked at the dead couple’s door and got no reply.

He then went to the other side of the block, saw a window ajar and put a ladder up to it.

He found the child in a cot and passed her out of the window to another man.

Mr. Condron found the couple lying dead on the floor of the gas-filled kitchen.

The Coroner said the couple had had quarrels and had separated, but had apparently become reconciled and no-one could say what finally led them to the mutual decision  to end their young lives.”