Two emergency service employees from Stonehaven have received ‘Brave @ Heart’ awards from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The Brave@Heart awards recognise and celebrate acts of bravery by staff of emergency services, voluntary sector rescue organisations and members of the public.
Constable Derek Thow was one of the men reciving anaward during the ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.
The emergency services received a call to say that a man had been seen in the seaat Stonehaven Harbour and Constable Thow responded. It was a wild January night with high winds and rain and the sea was very rough. With complete disregard for his personal safety Constable Thow entered the water up to his waist and in spite of the conditions managed to take a hold of the man who by this time was unconscious and remove him from the water.
The other man reciving an award was SFRS crew member Gavin Strachan.
Gavin responded to a call to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service to force entry to reach a casualty who was unable to get to her front door. Arriving before the ambulance Gavin gained entry to the property to find a woman in the late stages of labour close to giving birth on her bathroom floor. Gavin immediately contacted Ambulance Control only to be informed the Paramedics were still approximately 20 minutes away. Gavin decided there was no time to waste and proceeded to deliver the now imminent baby. Using knowledge, skills and judgement gained from fire and rescue service training, equipment from the fire appliance and support from his colleagues, Gavin successfully delivered the baby in the confined area of a small bathroom.