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First Minister presents bravery awards

Brave@Heart accolades were given to 60 members of the public, emergency service workers and volunteers.

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Sixty members of the public, emergency service workers and volunteers have been recognised for their bravery in a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle (David Cheskin/PA)

Sixty members of the public, emergency service workers and volunteers have been recognised for their bravery in a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle (David Cheskin/PA)

Sixty members of the public, emergency service workers and volunteers have been recognised for their bravery in a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle (David Cheskin/PA)

A man who saved two people from being hit by a speeding train and a woman who prevented a neighbour from being murdered have been recognised with bravery awards.

Alistair Hunter and Lillian Hood were among 60 members of the public, emergency service workers and volunteers presented with Brave@Heart awards by the First Minister at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday night.

Lillian Hood was given a posthumous St Andrew’s Award for intervening when her neighbour was stabbed in his home in Edinburgh last year.

She was threatened but managed to contacted the emergency services and administered first aid until help arrived.

Ms Hood has since died, unrelated to the incident, and the St Andrew’s award was collected by her sons.

Alistair Hunter also received a bravery award for rescuing two people at Broughty Ferry train station.

When one man stumbled on to the tracks and a friend struggled to help him, Mr Hunter managed to get them out the way of a high speed train passing through the station.

The First Minister said: “It is a humbling experience being able to recognise those individuals that have demonstrated such heroism and exceptional bravery.

“Many of those recognised go to work each day and risk their lives to ensure the safety of the wider public, and there are also private individuals recognised who have intervened to assist fellow citizens who were in danger or distress. This is our opportunity to give them our heartfelt thanks – they are an inspiration to us all.”

Panel chair Philip Jones said: “Brave@Heart award winners represent the very best of Scotland – we take great pride in serving the public and the winners are stand-out examples of this. Their heroic acts have protected others who have been in desperate and perilous situations.

“It would be all too easy for these selfless acts to pass us by but the awards make sure that doesn’t happen. The winners also remind us that thousands of people in Scotland are working to protect others every day. It’s so important that their contributions are celebrated because they set an example to us all.”

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