Heroes who put their lives on the line

NURSES who saved the life of a man after he had a heart attack at Glasgow Central Station will be praised by police tonight.

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They gave emergency first aid, performed CPR and used a heart defibrillator to revive an Ayrshire man.

British Transport Police (BTP) will recognise 100 officers, rail staff and members of the public at this evening's Commendation Ceremony at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The nurses, Alison Aitken from Ayr, Alison Murray from Bishopton, Gary Hewitt from Beverley in East Yorkshire and Sarah Taylor from Cannock in the West Midlands, will join the other recipients, including police dog Bruce, to receive the commendations.

David Cunningham, a Glasgow Subway train driver, will be recognised for his prompt actions in removing a suspect package from the train, taking it to a place of safety and alerting BTP.

The BTP officers who swiftly dealt with the security alert will also be honoured.

A 39-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection the incident.

Two members of SPT staff, Alan Clark and Douglas McConnell, will each receive a commendation for assisting in the rescue of an elderly man who had fallen on to the tracks at Shields Road Subway station.

Tim Flatman, who was waiting for a train, alerted the driver of an approaching train that the man was on the tracks and also be recognised.

In another incident, two camera enforcement officers who led an elderly man and his dog to safety after he became trapped at a level crossing, will receive an award.

Staff who dealt with sectarian and racial incidents on trains or waded into a swollen river to arrest a suspected cable thief will be honoured for their contributions.

Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for BTP Scotland, said: "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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