Security guard honoured for saving two-year-old’s life

By Christine Lavelle

A SECURITY guard at Heriot-Watt University who saved a toddler from choking to death on a hot dog has been hailed a hero.

Two-year-old Jess Shearer had fallen unconscious at the nursery she attends on the university’s campus in Edinburgh, when Dave Love rushed to the scene and dislodged the piece of food, and managed to resuscitate her before paramedics arrived.

Since the ordeal, Mr Love has been honoured with an award from the university’s principal, Professor Steve Chapman, who declared the father-of-two’s actions as “quick, decisive, professional and instinctive”.

The little girl’s mum, Maggie Shearer, who works for the university’s academic registry service, praised Mr Love, 39, for his quick thinking. Continue reading


Father of firefighting honoured 187

A statue of the father of firefighting has been unveiled in a square on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

James Braidwood founded the world’s first municipal fire service in the Scottish capital in 1824 but received little recognition in his home city.

The 7ft tall statue was officially revealed today in front of firefighters dressed in historic uniforms.

The memorial to the pioneer – whose methods are still in use to this day – was erected in the city’s Parliament Square with members of the Braidwood family turning up to honour him.