Bravery award for officer who lost leg

THE CAR INVOLVED IN THE  CRASH WITH PC SIMPSON'S MOTORBIKE ON THE A952 NEAR THE FETTERANGUS TURN OFF.  (DUNCAN BROWN)
THE CAR INVOLVED IN THE CRASH WITH PC SIMPSON'S MOTORBIKE ON THE A952 NEAR THE FETTERANGUS TURN OFF. (DUNCAN BROWN)

A Fraserburgh police officer who had to have his leg amputated after a hit-and-run has been nominated for a bravery award after returning to work.

PC Ewan Simpson lost his lower right leg after Alan Tait’s Volvo struck him as he was travelling home from work on his motorcycle last October.

PC Simpson, 32, tried to drag himself from the field but got snared on barbed wire.

He was only rescued when two nurses heard his cries for help 45 minutes later and the officer spent two months in hospital as a result of the crash.

Having now returned to work after being fitted with a prosthetic limb PC Simpson has been shortlisted to receive a special recognition award at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards.

PC Simpson said: ““When they told me in the hospital, I was just thankful I was going to live.

“That was my first question to the surgeon, ‘Am I going to survive?’, and he was like, ‘Yeah, without that bit of your leg, but you’ll survive.’”

Although he is currently “stuck in the office”, PC Simpson says it is “good fun most of the time” and he is committed to continuing his police career.

He added: “I’ve got no intention of leaving the police. If I can’t work operationally, we’ll find me an office somewhere – there’s plenty to be done.”

PC Simpson will attend a Parliamentary reception at Holyrood on December 1 followed by an evening awards ceremony.

Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “PC Simpson has shown incredible personal strength and determination. “His positive attitude is an inspiration to his colleagues and the force as a whole, and marks him out as a true hero.”

This is the second Scottish Police Federation Police Bravery Awards, which honours officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery.

Beverley Masson, 45, and Angela Morris, 55, the nurses who rescued PC Simpson, were honoured at the Police Scotland Bravery Awards earlier this month.

The crash happened on the A952 near Mintlaw shortly after 12 am on October 27.

The officer was heading home from his shift at Fraserburgh police station when Tait’s car veered into his path.

Tait pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for seven years and three months at the High Court in Lanark in April.

He was also disqualified from driving for ten years.