Firefighters are honoured

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Three firefighters from the Laurencekirk retained station have received Certificates of Congratulation from Grampian’s Chief Fire Officer.

Crew manager Graeme Godsman and firefighters Kevin McLean and Matthew Jones went to the assistance of a woman who collapsed in Laurencekirk High Street.

Kevin McLean was on his way to a drill night when he became aware of someone on the ground and a crowd gathering.

He was told that an ambulance was on its way, so went to the fire station to get his two colleagues and all three tried to assist by giving oxygen and performing CPR.

Sadly, despite the efforts of the three firefighters and later by ambulance crew, the woman died.

Watch Manager Tom Fleming contacted Chief Fire Officer David Dalziel, recommending the three men for some recognition and the Chief attended the Laurencekirk station on Tuesday to present them with certificates.

Mr Dalziel told the three: “You live locally and work locally, so generally when there is a local incident, you know the people involved.

“The Chief Fire Officer’s Certificate of Congratulation is something which is rarely handed out.

“That night you did what came naturally. You got a trauma care back and you tried to recussitate. You were quick-thinking, professional and compassionate and you did the right thing.

“You demonstated your skills and expertise in the best traditions of the service.”