Sixty people from the emergency and voluntary sectors and the public have been presented with Brave@Heart
Awards recognising acts of bravery and heroism.
Of the 60 winners, 16 awards were presented to members of the public.
Five of the winners also received the St Andrew’s Award for exceptional acts of bravery.
The awards were presented by the First Minister at a special event held at Edinburgh Castle. She said:
“It is a humbling experience being able to recognise those individuals that have demonstrated such heroism and exceptional bravery.
“Many of those recognised go to work each day and risk their lives to ensure the safety of the wider public, and there are also private individuals recognised who have intervened to assist fellow citizens who were in danger or distress. This is our opportunity to give them our heartfelt thanks – they are an inspiration to us all.”
Brave@Heart 2018 panel chair, Philip Jones, said:
“Brave@Heart award winners represent the very best of Scotland - we take great pride in serving the public and the winners are stand-out examples of this. Their heroic acts have protected others who have been in desperate and perilous situations.
"It would be all too easy for these selfless acts to pass us by but the awards make sure that doesn't happen. The winners also remind us that thousands of people in Scotland are working to protect others every day. It’s so important that their contributions are celebrated because they set an example to us all.”