06 October 2011
Firefighter honoured for valour
Brave@Heart award for Allan
A retired SFR firefighter was honoured with a national bravery
award earlier this week.
Allan Rodgers was at an incident at the Levenseat Waste
Management site last May when he noticed a colleague had fallen
into a tank. After his colleague was submerged twice, Mr Rodgers
was able to prevent him going under again and help him out of the
He was presented with the Brave@Heart award by First Minister Alex
Salmond on Tuesday during a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle - one of a
group of 30 police officers, fire fighters, special constables
and members of the public being recognised for exceptional
Allan, 54, who retired last year after serving at Lanark for 17
years and Hamilton for 13 years, said:
"I was just doing my job as a firefighter and I never thought
anything more about it. I saw someone in trouble and reacted. I've
since been out for a drink with the guy I saved, who has now
recovered, and he said that, if I hadn't seen him, he wouldn't have
"The Brave@Heart award is a huge honour, but it was
just another shout for me at the time and did what any
firefighter would do. "
Mr Salmond said:
"The Brave@Heart Awards recognise and celebrate people - like
Firefighter Allan Rodgers - who have shown exceptional bravery.
Some have battled the elements to save others, some have intervened
to stop a criminal in the act and others have shown life-saving
presence of mind.
"Allan and the other Brave@Heart award winners have risen to the
challenge of the unexpected and shown the capacity to face and
overcome danger in any number of forms. Each winner has stepped out
of ordinary life and shown an extraordinary valour."