1997 was also the year in which Roy Greig, Hollie's uncle, died in mysterious circumstances. The plot has thickened in recent months with the links to the murder committed by male nurse, Malcolm Webster, and the bizarre refusal of Grampian Fire Service to release reports as this would breach the deceased's human rights.
It was reported that Sylvester Cadger, who received a bravery award for attempting to rescue Roy Greig, was assisted in his efforts by a nurse, whose name has never been revealed.
29 September 1998
An offshore worker who risked his life in a vain bid to save a driver from a blazing car was today presented with a top bravery award. Father-of-six Sylvester Cadger from Belhelvie received a Royal Humane Society testimonial to his courage - and admitted he was still amazed to be given the honour.
"I just did my best and was very surprised to be receiving any award, it was the last thing I expected," said the modest 41-year-old today. Mr Cadger, who works on the Beryl Bravo platform 180-miles off Aberdeen, was driving on the Ellon-Aberdeen road late at night last November when he spotted the car on fire on a track close to the A90.
Finding the vehicle's engine compartment ablaze, he spotted a figure slumped in the car which was smoke-filled with parts of the interior smouldering. "The car became an inferno, but I had to get the driver out of there," said Mr Cadger.
Despite suffering burns, he dragged the man clear and desperately tried to revive him.
"He was not breathing, and I tried CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for about 20 minutes, but there was no sign of life.
"I did all I could. I'm only sorry it wasn't enough to save the poor chap." A passing nurse joined Mr Cadger in attempting to revive the man, bar manager Robert Greig, 53, but he was found to be dead when taken to hospital by ambulance.
The Humane Society accolade was handed over at a meeting of Formartine area committee today by its chairperson councillor Alison McInnes, at an Ellon ceremony attended by Grampian Police Chief Constable Andrew Brown.