No.1 has launched Scot of the Week to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Scottish women. Each Wednesday on our website, and on social media, we will be showcasing someone who has gone beyond the call of duty; worked tirelessly for a charity; been selfless; or excelled in their field.
First to be recognised, and named Scot of the Week, for her actions during a critical situation is Constable Jennifer Ferguson.
It was a normal shift for police officer Jennifer, in her 10th year as an officer for Police Scotland, but it quickly became one of her most memorable as the young police constable and her colleague Adam Bailey saved a Lanarkshire family who were trapped in a house fire.
The PC from East Kilbride burst into the burning building and rescued a man, an unconscious woman and a two-year-old girl. The officers wrapped the child in a blanket, took her outside and roused the woman.
If it wasn’t for her – and her colleague Adam’s – quick thinking, the family probably wouldn’t have survived.
For the vital part she played in the rescue, Jennifer received two major accolades – a police bravery award and a Brave@Heart Award from the First Minister for “acting in a brave and courageous manner”.
Jennifer joined Strathclyde Police (now Police Scotland) as a cadet in 2005 and celebrates 11 years’ service this year.
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