TWO TAYSIDE Police Officers have been recognised for their bravery in saving a man’s life in Montrose, while putting their own lives at risk.
During the early hours of Saturday, May 21, 2011, Constables Gordon Peebles and Alistair Thomson were on foot patrol in the town when they were informed that a man was trying to commit suicide by setting fire to his bathroom and barricading himself in.
Arriving at the property, they saw smoke coming from the ground floor flat.
Constable Peebles checked the rear of the building, while Constable Thomson entered the flat and made his way to the bathroom.
He had to remove obstructions from the doorway and then opened the door, to be met by a wall of thick smoke.
Inside the room, he found a wheelie bin full of newspapers and a duvet cover which was well alight.
He immediately pulled the bin from the bathroom and was joined by Constable Peebles who was able to take the bin from the flat into the back garden.
Through the thick smoke, Constable Thomson found the householder lying on the bathroom floor.
He was unconscious but breathing and Constable Thomson carried the man into another room where he placed him in the recovery position.
Tayside Fire and Rescue and an ambulance arrived soon after and the man was taken to hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and kept in overnight.
A Police spokesman said: “Constables Peebles and Thomson acted courageously in order to save the man’s life and to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining occupied flats.
“In recognition of their bravery, Constable Thomson has been awarded a Testimonial on Parchment by the Committee of the Royal Humane Society and Constable Peebles has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation.”