Two men who raced into a burning building to save a pensioner are to be honoured for their bravery.
Russell Shum was walking his dog on Balgownie Drive, Bridge of Don, when he spotted Meg Hadden’s home on fire on December 31, 2015.
He dialled 999, and then called his friend Kev Clarke for help.
The pair then embarked on a heroic mission to get into the flat, and have now won Police Scotland’s Brave@Heart awards.
The two friends tried to break down the door and managed to break through one of the corners, before shoulder barging their way through.
They were hit with a wall of smoke and extreme heat as they took turns to enter the building to feel their way around.
Mr Clarke discovered 75-year-old Mrs Hadden in her bedroom.
He said: “I got to the bedroom and I could see a shape in the bed, but I couldn’t get to it.
“By the time I came across her I was totally overwhelmed.”
With the smoke becoming too much for him, he went outside to catch his breath – just as the fire crews arrived.
The firefighters went in and were able to carry Mrs Hadden out, but she tragically died eight hours later in hospital.
Her son Steve Hadden said: “I just know that they made an effort to help and I appreciate it.
“The outcome wasn’t good but I appreciate what they did.”
Mr Shum and Mr Clarke were stunned when they received the letters from the Scottish Government telling them they had won as they didn’t know they had been nominated.
Mr Shum said: “It was a little bit of a shock, it was that long ago.
“Nearer the time I’ll be more excited and get the suit pressed.”
Mr Clarke added: “I had to read it twice.
“To be honest it didn’t scare me at all, I would do it again.”