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TWO Shetlanders have received bravery awards for their life saving actions in emergencies.

Angus Galbraith of Lerwick and Jamie Manson from Brae were the two local award winners.

Galbraith, joint team leader with the Scottish Ambulance Service in Lerwick, was at home and off duty when he came to the aid of his neighbour after she had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Galbraith, a paramedic, provided basic life support until an ambulance crew arrived.

Angus Galbraith with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Manson helped to rescue a man who had fallen into icy water from his boat anchored in the harbour. He stayed with the man, who was fitting for 30 minutes, keeping him warm untll the ambulance arrived.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon presented the awards at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday night.

She said: “These awards recognise acts of true courage by members of the public, our emergency services and our voluntary rescue organisations. They are our way of saying a very big thank you to individuals who, through their bravery, have made a very positive difference to Scotland.

Jamie Manson with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“Every single one of tonight’s award winners provides an extraordinary story of courage and calmness under pressure. Their spirit of selflessness and bravery is an inspiring example to us all.”

Member of the Brave@Heart 2019 validation panel Chief Inspector Andy Thomson said: “The panel were unanimously agreed that the nominations were all of a very high standard, demonstrating selfless acts of courage and in a number of situations exceptional acts of bravery.”

Of the 56 winners of the annual Brave@Heart Awards, nine were members of the public, three of whom also received the St Andrew’s Award for exceptional acts of bravery.

Police, fire and ambulance staff and other emergency responders are invited to nominate people for the annual awards recognising acts of bravery and heroism.

The first Brave@Heart annual reception was held in June 2010 along with the presentation of the St. Andrew’s Award for exceptional acts of bravery.