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Thursday, 3 November 2011

There is some good in the world!

This morning, in my capacity as a Force Chaplain, I was at the Strathclyde Police Force Training and Recruitment Centre, Jackton, East Kilbride, for the presentation, by the Chief Constable, of Bravery Awards to both Police Officers and members of the public. This year we also had a Paramedic, and a member of Police Staff, among the numbers.

The citations that were read out - and that, I was assured, did not give the full stories - were a pleasing reminder that, in a world in which the media prefer to publish the bad news, and to remind us of the negative aspects of society, there are those who are still willing to take risks (including placing themselves in life-threatening situations) to assist their fellow human beings.   There were officers who entered a burning building because they had been informed that a deaf-mute couple lived there.  There were members of the public who held a man, armed with a hand gun, until police officers arrived.  There was a young woman who climbed over a number of fences in order to get to another woman who was floundering in deep water; there was a man who made his way out on to an ice-covered reservoir, and used his belt to pull out a woman who had fallen through the ice.  And it went on, and on, and on.

An uplifting experience.  Hearty congratulations, and thanks, to all of those who received awards. :-)

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