Bravery and duty...

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BRAVE members of the public, voluntary rescuers and long service awards for members of the fire and rescue service throughout Fife were presented at a medal ceremony in Kirkcaldy last week.

Kirkcaldy residents Brian Dougal and Bev Taylor were given Certificates of Distinguished Conduct by Chief Fire Officer Neil McFarlane for pulling the occupant of a burning house to safety, after they heard a smoke alarm sounding and seeing smoke coming from the house.

They opened the unlocked front door and found the occupant on the living room sofa, before dragging them to safety.

Another certificate was presented to Eva Pollokova, housekeeper to Lady Patricia Dowager, the Countess of Dundee.


Hearing a smoke alarm, she investigated and found Lady Patricia on the bedroom floor with her bedding well alight.

She attempted to put out the fire but was unsuccessful, so then helped Lady Patricia to safety before running barefoot to nearby cottages to raise the alarm.

Minor burns

Both women were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, with Eva also suffering minor burns.

Chief Officer McFarlane described how her courage and selfless act had saved an elderly lady from more serious harm.

Provost Frances Melville also presented Certificates of Recognition to Jim Burke from Raynet, Brian McMorrin of HM Coastguard and Simon Scott of the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust for providing 4x4 vehicles and drivers during the recent extreme snow conditions.

When the social work department had problems transporting home care staff to people needing assistance and getting staff to inaccessible areas, these organisations responded to requests for assistance by providing time, effort and appropriate vehicles.

The Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Margaret Dean, presented 11 fire service personnel with Her Majesty The Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while Chief Officer McFarlane also presented certificates of comepetence to four retained firefighters.