Bravery award for fire hero

First Minister presents a 2011 Brave@Heart award to Brian Dougal from Fife. 'Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography'6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX 'Tel 07809 450119,
First Minister presents a 2011 Brave@Heart award to Brian Dougal from Fife. 'Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography'6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX 'Tel 07809 450119,
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A KIRKCALDY community warden has scooped a national bravery award.

Brian Dougal (46), was among 30 people who were honoured at the Brave@heart ceremony at Edinburgh Castle last week.

Brian was chosen to receive the accolade after he carried an elderly man to safety from a smoke-filled house in the town.

He was presented with the Brave@heart award by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Brian said: “I was really pleased to be given this award. It was also a really good night at Edinburgh Castle.”

Brian told the Press what happened last September: “Myself and two of my female colleagues were walking back to the office after 9.00 p.m. when we heard a fire alarm, but it was quite faint,” he said.

“Eventually we traced it and knocked on the door but no-one answered. There was space between the blinds in the window and when I looked in I could see smoke.

“I went to the front door and it was open. I went in and saw the elderly man lying on the settee and pulled him out.

“My colleague Beverley Taylor called the fire service. I went back in to get the back door open but I couldn’t see a key and had to come back out because of all the smoke.

“An ambulance came and took the man to hospital and he was kept in overnight.”

As well as rescuing the occupant, Brian and his colleagues then went to track down the man’s sister so he could obtain a key to lock up the house.

After getting it and securing the property, he took the key to the man in hospital.

Brian said: “I was told by the fire service that if the man had been in there for another half hour he could have died.

“But it was just instinctive for me to go in and help him, if it happened again I would probably do exactly the same thing.”

He added: “Something like this shows just how important Community Wardens are. If we had not been out on the streets, we would not have heard that alarm - we are the eyes and ears of the community.”