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Two Stornoway-based police constables were named for bravery and meritorious conduct, in a national Police Scotland awards ceremony on Friday (19 February).

PCs Lisa MacPherson and Davie Fraser were the first responders at an incident in the early hours of Saturday 23 November 2019, when a speeding car crashed into the side of a cottage at Barvas corner. The house and the car were both set alight.

The Chief Constable’s bravery and meritorious conduct award went to the pair in recognition of their actions that night, when they rescued a man trapped inside the vehicle and forced entry to the burning cottage, rescuing a 61-year-old woman who was inside.

Introducing Friday’s awards ceremony, Chief Constable Iain Livingston said it was an example of the ‘outstanding policing which occurs all over Scotland day-in, day-out.’

The award was also hailed by other Western Isles emergency workers who were at the scene later in the incident.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard in the Western Isles said: “Huge congratulations on a well-deserved award for their bravery and quick thinking during this incident at Barvas.

“Their actions that night saved two lives. Well done Dave and Lisa from all of us in this area.”


Pictures show the police officers as they were pictured at the virtual awards ceremony (Police Scotland) and the scene of the incident which sparked their quick response (Sandie Maciver).