Barra heroes recognised at Bravery awards

First Minister presents a 2011 Brave@Heart award to Police Constable Blair McMaster and Police Constable Michael Gaillie from Barra.
First Minister presents a 2011 Brave@Heart award to Police Constable Blair McMaster and Police Constable Michael Gaillie from Barra.
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Two police constables who safely arrested a shoplifter who was carrying a gun have won national bravery awards.

PC Blair McMaster (35) and PC Michael Gaillie (31) responded to a 999 call reporting that a man with a gun was trying to rob a shop in Castlebay. They found the man brandishing a gun in his front garden, tackled him and safely arrested him without any members of the public being hurt.

They were presented with Brave@Heart awards by First Minister Alex Salmond last night during a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.

They were among a group of thirty police officers, fire fighters, special constables and members of the public being recognised for exceptional bravery.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“The Brave@Heart Awards recognise and celebrate people - like Constables McMaster and Gaillie - 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.

“The winners being honoured at Edinburgh Castle range in age from under ten to over sixty, they live all over the country and are from all walks of life. What they have in common is that each and every one of them has shown remarkable courage.

“Blair McMaster, Michael Gaillie 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.

“They are all heroes and it is my privilege to present them with their awards.”

PC McMaster and PC Michael Gaillie are pictured with First Minister Alex Salmond.