Jon Threadgall this week picked up his second major bravery award, admitting his latest accolade was “a fabulous surprise”.
Already a celebrity in his native town, Lauder, having led the Royal Burgh’s Common Riding in 2008, the 29-year-old regional sales manager with brewery giant Heineken accepted the National Police Public Bravery (NPPB) award at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Tuesday.
In 2010, Jon’s selfless actions in thwarting an armed robbery in the city the previous year were acknowledged with a Lothian and Borders Police Meritorious Award.
But his courage was never aired publicly in the Borders because the incident took place when Jon was resident in the capital and local media were not made aware of his heroism.
All that was put to rights this week when Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Edinburgh’s divisional commander, presented John with the NPPB award on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS).
“Apparently, each constabulary’s meritorious awards are reviewed by ACPOS and a few recipients get the national award,” said Jon, who now lives at Clintmains near St Boswells and was accompanied at the ceremony by his proud mum Lynn. “It really was a fabulous surprise.”
John and a friend, South African born landscape gardener Sholto Lammeir, were walking in Edinburgh’s Lauriston Place on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, when they saw a man breaking into a shop.
The pair followed the miscreant who turned, brandished a screwdriver and threatened to stab them. A chase ensued and Jon and Sholto caught the man in nearby Gardners Crescent, disarming him and detaining him until the police arrived.
This week’s framed citation states: “ACPOS, having considered acts of bravery by members of the public in support of law and order, desires to place on record its profound admiration of the gallantry and devotion to civic duty displayed by Jon Threadgall.”
A year before the Edinburgh incident and just before he began his duties as Lauder Cornet, Jon earned himself a nomination in the public adult hero catergory of the UK-wide Spirit of Fire Awards.
Jon, as Southern readers may recall, was returning from a music festival in Inverness when two cars piled into each other on the A9 in Perthshire. Jon rushed to the scene and dragged a couple from one of the crashed cars to safety minutes before the vehicle burst into flames.
“I was nominated, but didn’t win that particular award, although I did get to go to 10 Downing Street and have lunch with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown,” recalled Jon.