Kirkcaldy’s ‘unsung heroes’ are honoured

Judith Kerr is pictured with Kirkcaldy High head girl Jade McQuillan and head boy Lee Pirie
Judith Kerr is pictured with Kirkcaldy High head girl Jade McQuillan and head boy Lee Pirie

TWO quick-thinking police officers, a former depute high school rector and a brave mum from Kirkcaldy have all been celebrated as unsung heroes at an awards ceremony.

PCs Steven Lamb and Gareth Henderson were recognised along with Judith Kerr and Sonia Ewens at the Fife Police Unsung Heroes Awards in Dunfermline last week.

PCs Gareth Henderson and Steven Lamb

PCs Gareth Henderson and Steven Lamb

They were among 11 people from across Fife to be awarded for their selfless commitment and dedication to keeping their communities safe.

PC Steven Lamb was on patrol on King Street, Kirkcaldy last May with colleague PC Gareth Henderson, above, when a man came running towards them from Winifred Street with his three-year-old daughter Ellie in his arms.

PC Lamb admitted he thought the toddler was dead when he first saw her in dad Henry Salmond’s arms.

Little Ellie wasn’t breathing and PC Lamb took her from her father’s arms, put her on the ground and gave her CPR. He managed to resuscitate her and later said: “She was so small I only needed one hand for the CPR and that’s how I knew she was coming back as she squeezed my fingers. It was an indescribable feeling. We were just in the right place at the right time.”

Sonia Ewens

Sonia Ewens

Kirkcaldy mum Sonia Ewens was honoured for the courage and determination she has shown in trying to get the safety message across to young drivers after her 19-year-old son, Jamie, died in a fatal crash in Lochgelly in 2011.

She relived the horror of her son’s death to save other families from going through the same suffering she experienced to launch a Fife Police road safety campaign. Jamie had bought his yellow Citroen Saxo just days before the accident. He did not have a driving licence and was not insured. He was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene of the crash in Station Road, Lochgelly.

Sonia said: “The message I am trying to put across to young ones is for them to think of the consequences of their actions while driving – there are so many youngsters killed on the roads.

“I couldn’t save my son, so I hoped that by doing this I could possibly make a difference to the way young drivers think and to be more careful behind the wheel.”

Sonia, below, added: “I wanted to help in some way if I could and I’m glad I did because it’s given me something positive out of a horrid situation, that by telling his story I could save a life.”

Meanwhile, Judith Kerr, former Depute Rector of Kirkcaldy High, was nominated for her partnership work with various agencies, including the police. Even since her retirement last October, Judith has continued to work with local educational programmes through drug and alcohol awareness service, Clued Up, and the police.

She said: “I worked with young people and their families in Kirkcaldy North first as guidance teacher and then as assistant rector and depute from 1989.

“Along with other agencies and the police, we tried to involve young people in their community and improve the relationships between members of the community and the youngsters.

“Since I retired, I am still on the board of Clued Up and am helping the police run a youth forum. It was really nice to be included with other people who have done so much in the community.”