Page 7, 7th November 1941

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Page 7, 7th November 1941 — HUDDERSFIELD DISASTER

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Priest's Courage

(From a Correspondent.)

"One of the heroes of the death-a-minute factory fire at Huddersfield was a young Catholic priest, Fr. Patrick Reeves," said one of the Sunday papers.

Fr. Reeves was very modest about his part in the tragedy when I Spoke to him over the telephone on Monday night. I asked him to tell me what facts he could in the allotted three-minute span.

" I first went to the hospital," said Fr. Reeves, " and did what I could there. Then, I went to the scene of the fire ; it was almost three hours after the outbreak, but the building was still smouldering."

I asked him, if it were true about his climbing to the top of a ladder overhanging the building and administering conditional Absolution. I understood him to say that it was one of the fire brigade ladders that he climbed up. " I could We bodies inside the building," he said, " and I gave conditional Absolution."

Afterwards he entered the building with firemen and again gave conditional Absolution over the bodies.

Finally, Father Reeves told me, that he had not been able to administer to any of the victims more than conditional Absolution as none of them gave evidence of being I live,

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