Police honour local heroes

An awards ceremony commemorating the bravery of 35 members of the public is being held in Edinburgh.

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Life-saving toddler honoured at awards

Rowan dialled 999 and told the emergency operator her mummy was sleeping and wouldn't wake up Credit: ITV News Border

Four-year-old Rowan Rychel has received an award at the Lothian and Borders Police Meritorious awards in Edinburgh.

The toddler was just two-years-old when she dialled 999 after her mum, Francesca, lost consciousness and fell to the floor in September 2011.

Rowan spoke to an emergency operator and said, 'My mummy is sleeping and she won't wake up'.

Police officers arrived at their home in Innerleithen and forced their way in.

Francesca was then taken to hospital for treatment.

Award winners have shown 'exceptional courage'

"As police officers we come across crises and emergency situations in our day-to-day business, but these awards recognise the times when officers and members of the public have shown exceptional courage beyond the call of duty.

"The criteria for winners is clear - they have been in a situation where they have taken a decision to act for the benefit of others, often risking their own lives in the process, and it is this public spirit that we are pleased to recognise in each and every one."

– David Strang, Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police

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Lothian and Borders Police honour brave public

An awards ceremony commemorating the bravery of 35 members of the public is being held in Edinburgh.

Lothian and Borders Police are holding the event, which recognises people who have saved someone from danger or helped the police with an arrest.

The police say it is their chance to thank the people who have gone above and beyond all expectations for others.

Two-year-old Rowan Rychel from Innerleithen is among the winners after dialling 999 when her mother lost consciousness and fell to the floor.

Several people who were involved with the rescue of Katie-Lou MacLean, who fell into Eyemouth harbour in June 2012, are also being recognised.

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