Brave acts recognised

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People who carried out life saving acts of extraordinary bravery across Scotland have been recognised at an awards ceremony ahead of St Andrew’s Day.

Four individuals, including Agnes Crystal from Dundee, were presented with a St Andrew Award by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Agnes managed to save a bus from crashing into an oncoming vehicle after the driver left the bus and the interlocking system caused the handbrake to disengage in December 2011.

Also honoured were Angus Blackburn from Penicuik who rescued a child from a burning house,  Abdul Aziz from Aberdeen who saved a man from a burning vehicle, and Darren Crowe from St Abbs who saved a man from drowning after he fell into the sea.

The four St Andrew Award winners were chosen from 24 brave individuals recognised at the Brave @Heart reception hosted by the Deputy First minister at Edinburgh Castle in October.

Ms Sturgeon, who presented the awards in a ceremony at Bute House, said:

“It is a real privilege to meet with these four incredibly courageous people whose actions in the face of danger are an absolute inspiration to us all.

“Agnes, Angus, Abdul and Darren had already been selected by an independent panel to receive a Brave @Heart Award for their exceptional bravery.  Today their efforts are being recognised once again at our St Andrew’s Award ceremony.

“As we look forward to celebrating St Andrew’s Day, it is a fitting time to pay homage to four remarkable people who are a real credit – not only to their own friends and family – but to the people of Scotland.”

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