A police officer has told how she “didn’t think twice” about the moment she saved a man’s life by pulling him from a flat fire.
PC Kirsten Kiddie, along with her colleague Sergeant Lesley Winter, has now been honoured with a national award for her part in the rescue.
The officers helped get a man, who was suffering from smoke inhalation, out of his flat on Brown Constable Street.
They also led seven disabled people to safety from supported accommodation below the flat.
Both officers were given their award at the Brave@Heart event by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
PC Kiddie, 30, said: “The fire was in a first floor flat and we saw the smoke coming out.
“We went inside and found a man struggling to get himself out — he had suffered smoke inhalation and we got him out of the building.
“We then got the rest of the residents out from the supported accommodation beneath his flat. We didn’t think twice about it, it’s just what we do.”
A man was taken to Ninewells Hospital with burns to his arms and feet following the drama.
Two more casualties needed medical treatment on site.
PC Kiddie added: “It was great to receive an award — it came out of the blue because we were just doing our jobs.
“It was the type of thing that we’ve done on many occasions.
“Although it was myself and Sgt Winter who received the award, there was actually a large team of emergency services that was involved.
“Without them we wouldn’t have had the result that we did.”
The duo were among 45 people from across Scotland commended for their bravery at the awards, which took place at Edinburgh Castle.
At the reception, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Hearing first-hand accounts of the bravery demonstrated during these events really drives home the incredible strength of character and the selfless acts undertaken.”
Three other Dundee constables also received a bravery award for saving a man from the Tay Road Bridge.
PCs Louise Spence and Gary Cameron, and former PC Daniel Garven, climbed off the bridge and onto scaffolding to rescue the man from a gantry underneath.