Celebrating Scotland’s #CourageousCops – PC Deborah Lawson and PC Robert Fitzsimmons

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It is just over one week until the annual Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards and today we continue a series of posts highlighting our Courageous Colleagues from across the country winning an award at the event on 30 November.

This is the story of PC Deborah Lawson and PC Robert Fitzsimmons


Two Police Scotland officers who were badly injured on duty have won a Scottish Police Federation Bravery Award.

PC Deborah Lawson and PC Robert Fitzsimmons were hospitalised after they showed tremendous bravery during the incident in October last year.

PC Fitzsimmons is credited with saving his colleague’s life.

The pair had been on patrol in Knightswood in Glasgow when they were called to a disturbance. They arrived and approached the suspects and quickly became involved in a violent struggle with the occupants of a vehicle.

Their PAVA was ineffective and as the car was reversed, both officers were knocked to the ground and dragged along the street.

PC Lawson had sustained serious injuries, including fractures, and was unable to move. She was left lying in the road as the vehicle was driven towards her. PC Fitzsimmons had moments to act, and despite his injuries he was able to pull her to safety. The suspects escaped but PC Fitzsimmons undoubtedly saved his colleague’s life.

PC Lawson said: “For me, this award is mostly about Robert. He saved my life, and fully deserves the praise and the award.”

PC Fitzsimmons said: “I think Debbie is being far too modest. That night, like so many other dangerous incident we’ve faced, she was first out the car, to confront those involved.

“We’ve been through a lot over the years and have always worked together well.”

PC Fitzsimmons added: “It’s not an incident I’d be looking for any praise in relation to, but it’s nice that someone’s taken the time to nominate us both.”

The officers – who have been in the police for eight years – will attend a Parliamentary reception at Holyrood on 30 November before an evening awards ceremony where one overall winner will be named. This is the third Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards, which honour officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

Andrea MacDonald, Chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Police officers never know what could happen when they attend a call. Debbie and Robert encountered an extremely dangerous situation and sadly were severely injured as a result.

“This pair ran towards danger to keep communities safe and, modest as they are, deserve every praise they receive. Their courage is exemplary.”

The awards are sponsored by Police Mutual and the hashtag for the event is #CourageousCops.

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