A courageous council worker has been honoured for saving a woman from a burning building in Drongan last year.

In July 2022, Colin Pettigrew rescued a woman who’d been trapped in a house fire in Drongan.

Upon seeing the fire, Colin got his ladder, climbed to the first floor of the property and managed to reach the woman and get her to safety before emergency services took over.

Colin then calmly put his ladder back in his van and headed off to his next job to fit a bath panel.

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The hero worker was presented with a certificate of civic recognition this week to recognise an outstanding act of bravery, at East Ayrshire Council HQ by Provost, Jim Todd.

Provost Todd said: “I know that everyone in Housing Asset Services is very proud of Colin for helping to save this woman’s life, but the whole Council is also extremely proud of his heroic efforts.

"Without his quick thinking, there could have been a very different and tragic outcome that day.

"Colin is very humble about the part he played in the rescue, but we wanted to give him the civic recognition he truly deserves and thank him for his unselfish act of bravery.”

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Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP, Elena Whitham, also put forward a motion in parliament last year to commend Colin for his actions.

The motion said: "That the Parliament commends Colin Pettigrew on what it sees as his heroic act by springing into action to rescue a woman trapped in a house fire in Drongan, Ayrshire.

"Understands that Colin, who is a joiner employed by East Ayrshire Council, was flagged down by a member of the public, when he selflessly grabbed his ladder and scaled to the first floor of the property and brought the woman down to safety allowing the emergency services to take over.

"Appreciates Colin for, it believes, almost certainly saving this woman’s life, and wishes him well for the future."