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Rail heroes honoured

British Transport Police has paid tribute to its brave officers, rail staff, members of the public and a police dog in a special commendation ceremony at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.

Four nurses who saved the life of a man after he had suffered aheart attack at Glasgow Central station were among those honoured. Alison Aitken from Ayr, Gary Hewitt from Beverley in East Yorkshire, Alison Murray from Bishopton and Sarah Taylor from Cannock in the West Midlands, performed CPR and used the heart defibrillator stored at the station to revive the Ayrshire man.

Almost 100 BTP officers, rail staff, members of the public and police dog Bruce received an Area Commander’s Commendation. David Cunningham, a Glasgow Subway driver, was praised for his prompt actions in removing a suspect package from the train, taking it to a place of safety and alerting BTP.

Two railway staff from Strathclyde transport, Alan Clark and Douglas McConnell, received a commendation for saving an elderly man who had fallen on to the tracks at Shields Road Subway station.

Says Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scotland area of BTP, ‘These officers and public-spirited individuals are extremely deserving of their accolades. The Scotland area is grateful for their hard work and assistance and this ceremony is our chance to say a big thank you and recognise their contributions.’

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