A firefighter from Glasgow is among 21 award winners to be honoured by First Minister Alex Salmond at the Brave@Heart awards.
At a ceremony in Edinburgh Castle, Robert McGillivray was hailed for his role in saving a man from under a blazing, partially collapsed building.
And Constable Michael Booker, from Lennoxtown, and Sergeant Ian Harkin, of East Kilbride, were rewarded for rescuing a man from an explosion.
Mr Salmond said: "Each year I hear amazing stories of valour and I am privileged to meet this year's Brave@Heart award winners.
"On land and on sea, these courageous Scots have been confronted with emergency situations and their subsequent actions have saved lives."
Off-duty firefighter Robert was woken by a loud bang outside and found a partially collapsed building on fire with a man trapped under burning rubble.
Without protective clothing he improvised by borrowing coats from onlookers to remove burning debris and asked a neighbour to fetch buckets of water until the arrival of fire crews.
The casualty was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary with 20% burns but could have been far more seriously injured without Robert's quick thinking.
Constable Booker and Sergeant Harkin were among three officers who attended when a man barricaded himself in his kitchen before causing an explosion with gas and petrol.
Although all three officers were injured by the explosion, they entered the kitchen to aid the man who was armed with a knife.