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Lothian Buses: ‘HONOUR A HERO’

posted 31 Aug 2009, 08:27 by myEdinburgh Admin

Ewan Williamson lost his life to save others – Lothian Buses supports the campaign to have him Honoured !

It was the ultimate sacrifice and, on the 12th July 2009, 35-year-old Ewan Williamson lost his life to save others. The tragic death of the Lothian and Borders fire fighter was a stark reminder of the courage involved in such a role. Ewan, quite simply, lost his life on the city of Edinburgh’s behalf.

Ewan’s untimely death had a profound impact on the Lothian Buses team and, as fellow public service workers, both drivers and management needed to recognise his bravery and help in the Edinburgh Evening News campaign to have the fallen fire fighter rightfully honoured. And so, the high-profile appeal has now taken to Edinburgh’s roads.


Ian Craig, Managing Director (centre) with some of our  drivers showing their support. 


Lothian Buses managing director, Ian Craig, explains: “We have placed the ‘Honour a Hero’ campaign adverts on 12 of our double-decker buses, both on the back of the vehicles, as well as on the inside on the top and bottom decks. This has allowed the campaign to be taken to thousands of passengers, pedestrians and motorists across the Capital and beyond.

“Our city’s bus drivers, and all public service workers in Edinburgh, do fantastic jobs every single day. But these jobs come with risks. Out of respect to all public service workers in the Capital, and of course Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, our adverts demonstrate our support – and praise.”

Stuart Waite agrees, and adds: “All of the drivers completely support to the campaign to have Ewan Williamson honoured. We have petitions up in the depots and are proud to be helping the cause by displaying the adverts so as many Edinburgh bus passengers as possible can get involved. What firemen do day in and day out just isn't appreciated or really fully understood. If I’m honest, I think few Edinburgh residents understand what goes into their public services, and all too often they take them for granted – and the workers behind them. Lothian Bus drivers signing this petition is recognition for all the fire service do to protect us, and to support another public service.

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