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First Minister Presents Award To Lanarkshire Officer
Nicola Sturgeon with award winner Constable Kairen Swan police bravery
A heroic Lanarkshire police officer was given a bravery award from the First Minister after she saved a young man’s life while she was off-duty.
Constable Kairen Swan, from Hamilton Police Office, was off-duty and driving home from her nightshift at around 4.05am on Sunday, November 9, last year, when she saw a young man standing on the wrong side of the railings of a bridge in a remote area at the River Clyde near Larkhall.
She approached the vulnerable 17-year-old man and engaged him in conversation.
And she eventually managed to get him to climb over to the safe side of the railings and, despite his efforts to get away, she remained with him until emergency services arrived.
Had it not been for Constable Swan’s actions, this incident could have had tragic consequences. The officer’s calm approach and good communication skills undoubtedly saved this young man’s life.
Constable Swan, received a commendation from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, for her bravery at an awards service in Edinburgh Castle.
At the celebration, the First Minister said: "The individual acts we are celebrating are exceptional and they are worthy of special recognition. In Scotland there is a real sense of community and we must never forget how privileged we are to have such dedicated emergency professionals and members of the public, willing to assist even when their own lives are in danger.
"Hearing first-hand accounts of the bravery demonstrated during these events really drives home the incredible strength of character and selfless acts undertaken.
"It’s vital for us to cherish and encourage that concern for others and we should be so proud of those brave men, women and young people.
"This is an opportunity for Scotland to say thank you to the Brave@Heart recipients, and indeed, all those who were nominated. Their selflessness, compassion and courage is inspiring, and are an example to us all."
East Kilbride Officers Constables Jennifer Ferguson and Adam Bailey were also given commendations for their bravery after they were called to a report of a fire at a house in the town around 3.50am on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
The two officers were concerned for the safety of the occupants and entered the smoke-filled house. They found a man in one of the rooms and managed to get him out of the house. Despite the thick smoke, they then re-entered the house and searched the rest of the rooms. They found a two-year-old child and a woman within a room. Constable Ferguson quickly wrapped the young child in a blanket and took her outside to safety. Constable Bailey then managed to lead the woman out of the house a short time later.
All three of the people rescued by the officers were taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation. Constables Ferguson and Bailey made a calculated decision to subject themselves to the obvious dangers, but they both acted in a brave and courageous manner.
Local Policing Commander Kenny MacDonald said: "Each of these officers has shown outstanding courage and bravery and are a real credit to the division. They are true local heroes. They risked their own safety in very difficult situations and went that extra mile to keep people safe."