Bravery of ghillies is marked by police award

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The annual Bravery and Meritorious Ceremony was held at Police Scotland College, Tulliallan, last week to recognise acts of exceptional bravery or meritorious conduct performed by police officers, police staff, special constables and members of the public.

A total of 49 people were presented with awards. Amongst them were Colin Pringle and Steven Emerson who were each presented with a Chief Constable’s Meritorious Award after they rescued a canoeist from the River Tweed in the summer of 2014.

On hearing cries for help, the two men, both ghillies on Makerstoun Estate near Kelso, quickly made their way to the riverbank and waded into the fast-flowing water and freed the man before helping him back to safety.

Meanwhile, a Chief Constable’s Bravery Award went to Dean Mark for saving a man’s life at Eyemouth Harbour.