National Bravery Awards 2015
On Friday, 13th November 2015, the National Bravery Awards ceremony took place in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Award Recipients received their medals and certificates from the Ceann Comhairle, Mr. Seán Barrett, T.D.
AWARD NO. 1
At 2.00pm on 20th August, 2012 a number of youths were swimming at Mindszenty Park, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan when one youth got into difficulty. A second youth entered the water to help his friend but he also got into difficulty. Both youths began to struggle and went under the water a number of times. Linda Brereton was sitting in the park at the time with a friend while their children where played when she became aware of the situation. She immediately entered the water and walked out until she came to a deep ledge from where she swam to the two boys. They both held on to her and she brought them safely back to shore. Neither boy was injured as a result of the incident.
Without the swift actions of Ms Brereton the two young people concerned may well have perished.
For her efforts
Linda Brereton is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
AWARD NO. 2
At approximately 2.30pm on 5th May, 2013, Eamon Friel was walking with the Sligo Mountaineering Club when one of their members accidentally fell into one of the disused pit shafts near the entrance to the old Barites mines.
Mr Friel climbed into the pit shaft to rescue the women as there was water in the shaft and she could not swim. She was in fact hanging onto a beam at the side of the pit and her feet could not reach the bottom. Mr Friel lowered himself onto a pipe at the side of the pit and managed to get down onto a ledge within the shaft and pulled the woman from the water onto the ledge until the rescue services arrived.
There is no doubt that but for the action of Mr Friel the incident could have resulted in the loss of life.
For his efforts Eamon Friel is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Sergeant Oliver Goggin
AWARD NO. 3
On the 16th July, 2006, a woman who had earlier gone missing from the Psychiatric Unit in Bantry General Hospital, was seen entering the sea water at Harbour View. She then proceeded to walk into deeper water and it was quite apparent that she was attempting to commit suicide by drowning. Sergeant Oliver Goggon, who was on duty at the time entered the water and swam to the aid of the woman who was in a distressed state. With great difficulty and with consideration only for the well-being of the woman, Sergeant Goggin single-handedly managed to bring her back to the shore and safety.
Without the actions of Sergeant Goggin the lady in question may well have perished.
For his action Sergeant Oliver Goggin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
David Grant, Alex May, Ben Graham and Shane Kennedy
AWARD NO. 4
On 19th June, 2013, David Grant, Alex May and Ben Graham (who were all 14 years of age at the time of the incident) were walking by Balbriggan Harbour when they saw a group of girls shouting to them that one of their group was drowning. They saw the girl was unconscious, face-down in the water. David Grant and Alex May jumped into the water to assist the girl, while Ben Graham was on the pier wall trying to get a life ring to help bring the girl out of the water. Eventually with the assistance of local fisherman Shane Kennedy, they managed to get the swimmer to dry land where she came around in time to be treated by the Coastguard.
For their efforts
David Grant is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Alex May is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Ben Graham is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Shane Kennedy is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Nigel Harkin, Noreen Mc Loughlin, Mariosa Shiels and Hugh Mc Cauley
AWARD NO. 5
On 6th October, 2014, 39 Patients of Donegal Mental Health Services along with 4 staff members were on a holiday together in Beach Hotel, Downings, Co. Donegal. At approximately 11.30pm smoke was seen on the hotel monitor. The four nursing staff along with the three hotel staff on duty went upstairs to investigate. The second floor corridor was filled with smoke. Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels along with Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Laughlin and Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin identified the room where the fire had started. Entering the room, they found and rescued a collapsed patient. When one patient initially could not be located, Nurse Mc Laughlin went back upstairs to search for this patient (This person was subsequently located outside the hotel.) Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley helped evacuate all the patients in the smoke-filled corridor back beyond the fire doors. He then completed the evacuation process and assisted in immediate care of staff and patients. He acted as the main liaison person for the fire and ambulance crews.
There is no doubt that Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin, Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Laughlin, Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels and Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley all displayed exceptional bravery on the night of the incident. All the nursing personnel displayed dedication, commitment and bravery far exceeding the normal requirements of a person going about their normal duties.
For their efforts
Staff Nurse Nigel Harkin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Noreen Mc Loughlin is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Mariosa Shiels is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Staff Nurse Hugh Mc Cauley is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
AWARD NO. 6
On 15th July, 2013, on Claycastle Strand, Youghal, Co. Cork, a mother went to the aid of her ten year old son when she realised that he had been swept out of his depth by a large wave just a few metres from the shore. When she reached her son she found she was also being dragged into deeper waters by the strong currents while she struggled to keep her son afloat. Adam Horgan who was fifteen at the time heard the mother’s screams for help and immediately went to their aid. He reached the two swimmers and helped the son out of the water first before assisting the mother. Both of them made full recoveries.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Adam Horgan, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For his efforts
Adam Horgan is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
AWARD NO. 7
At approximately 6 o’clock on the evening of 16th July, 2011, Alastair Jones was sitting on the seaside slipway when he heard the screams of two women. A freak wave had dragged a three year old boy who was playing with a toy boat at the waters edge away from the shore. Mr. Jones ran into the water without hesitation and swam after the child who was at this stage gone under the water three or four times. Mr. Jones reached the boy within approximately five minutes and managed to pull him up to him in order to keep his head above water. He carried him back to the shore by swimming backwards using his left arm to propel him. The child was ultimately recovered from the water safely. Mr. Jones is a volunteer with Greystones Coastguard and also a qualified emergency medical technician.
Alastair Jones displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without his swift actions the boy concerned may well have perished at the time.
For his efforts
Alastair Jones is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Padraig Keane
AWARD NO. 8
On 4th May, 2014, at 4:41 a.m. a woman was observed climbing on to O’Connell Bridge and then jumping into the River Liffey. Garda Padraig Keane along with another Garda ran to the bridge and could see the female in the water below struggling whilst attempting to swim and call for help. Garda Keane jumped into the water and assisted the female to reach and hold on to a support beam beneath the Boardwalk. Upon the arrival of the Dublin Fire Brigade, both Garda Keane and the injured woman were removed from the water and were taken by ambulance to hospital.
Garda Keane displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without the actions of Garda Keane the woman in question may well have perished.
For his actions
Garda Padraig Keane is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
The Killybegs Fire Brigade
AWARD NO. 9
At approximately 8:00am on 1st November, 2013, a fire broke out in the bar premises of Hughie’s Bar, Killybegs, Co. Donegal. It quickly spread to the upstairs living quarters of a 93 year old woman, who was the sole occupant of the house.
When the barman opened the premises at 8:00am he was met by a smoke filled hallway and was unable to make it upstairs. The woman’s son also tried to gain access through the kitchen window but was unable to do so, due to the intense smoke. By the time the Killybegs Fire Brigade arrived there was smoke billowing from the woman’s bedroom window. Fireman Thomas Curran along with his brother Fireman Shaun Curran proceeded to enter the building and go up the stairs. They broke down the door to the bedroom, located the woman and then proceeded to carry her towards the exit. Fireman Thomas Curran remained upstairs to put out the fire while Fireman Shaun Curran single-handedly carried the woman down the stairs. A waiting ambulance brought her to Letterkenny Hospital where she was treated for shock and smoke inhalation.
Without the swift actions of the Curran brothers in particular, an elderly woman may well have perished.
It was the view of the Assistant Chief Fire Officer that any bravery award should be awarded to the entire crew on duty that day and both Shaun and Thomas Curran agree with this view.
For their effort
The Killybegs Fire Brigade is awarded a Certificate of Bravery which was be accepted on their behalf by the station officer, Kevin Conwell.
Enda McDonald and Rafal Piasecki
Award No 10
On Tuesday 10th December, 2013 between 3.00 and 3.30pm Enda McDonald was driving through Irishtown, New Ross, when he noticed black smoke coming from the first floor window of a mid-terraced house. He immediately pulled over his van and as he did, he saw a face at the upstairs window. He unstrapped one of the two ladders he was carrying on his van, and ran across the road with it.
As he came to the front of the house he heard a man on his phone talking to the emergency services. Placing the ladder on the left hand side of the window where the victim was, Enda McDonald climbed to the top of the ladder. The victim had his head, arms and shoulders out of the top opening of a very small window and was suffering very badly from smoke inhalation. Mr. McDonald reassured him that the emergency services were on their way. He came back down the ladder and instructed an employee of his, Rafal Piasecki to take the second ladder from the van and place it on the other side of the window. Mr. Piasecki went up the ladder on the other side and they both pulled the occupant head first out of the window. On getting him to the ground they placed him in the recovery position. The fire brigade and ambulance arrived shortly aftr and quickly took control of the indcident.
There is no doubt but for the action of Mr. McDonald and Mr. Piasecki that the incident could have resulted in a loss of life.
For their efforts, Enda McDonald and Rafal Piasecki are awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Garda Carroll Walsh and Garda Sergeant Carrie O’Connor
Award No. 11
On 18th August 2012, Garda Carrie O’Connor (who has since become a Sergeant) along with another Garda from Store Street Garda Station approached a female sitting ona wall beside the River Liffey at Arran Quay, Dublin 7. The woman without speaking or warning jumped into the river which was near full tide and flowing quickly. They called for immediate assistance and a squad car driven by Garda Carroll Walsh from Pearse Street Garda Station arrived soon after. On arrival Garda Walsh quickly assessed the situation and then entered the water and swam to the injured party who by this time was being taken away by the tide and also sucked down into the water. However, the woman began to struggle with Garda Walsh as he attempted to bring her to safety. Garda Carrie O’Connor had at this time entered the water to assist Garda Walsh. Both Gardai took the woman from the water where an ambulance was waiting.
Both Sergeant Carrie O’Connor and Garda Carroll Walsh showed considerable courage in the actions they took.
AWARD NO. 12
On 7th July, 2013, four young siblings (aged between 4 and 14) had been playing in an area on Barrow Beach called Poulgorm. Tony Stack noticed that that they were in difficulty on a sandbank surrounded by a fast incoming tide that had just turned. Without hesitation Mr. Stack entered the water and brought all four individually to safety. Mr. Stack is a member of the Fenit Lifeboat crew.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Mr. Stack, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For his actions
Tony Stack is awarded a Certificate of Bravery.
Award No. 13
On 8th July, 2013 at approximately 5.30pm, Brian Supple (who was 18 at the time and who is also a qualified Lifeguard) was in the vicinity of a quarry when he heard two men in difficulties in the water. Without hesitation he jumped into the water and swam towards the two men. The temperature was so cold he knew that time was not on his side. When he reached the first man, he saw that the had gone under the water and was unconscious. Mr. Supple brought him back to the surface and then to dry land. He went back into the water to rescue the second man.
The second man was still concous but having difficulty breathing. Brian managed to bring him out of the water and onto dry land. However, he now had the problem of getting the two men to the other side of the water and out of 15 onlookers he managed to form a chain of people and successfully managed to transfer the men back to dry land.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Brian Supple, the incident could have resulted in loss of human life.
For his actions Brian Supple is awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Martin Mullen, Stephen Andrews, Thomas O’Brien and Brendan Connolly
Award No 14
At approximately 3.00am on the 31st July 2011, Aidan Mullen (RIP) was walking from Burgh Quay towards Butt Bridge when he accidently fell into the River Liffey. He was quickly swept towards Butt Bridge.
Martin Mullen, who was the victim’s brother, entered the water using the steps on George’s Quay, attempted to swim out to intercept his brother before he himself got into difficulties. Stephen Andrews, who was nearby, observed Martin, grabbed him and attempted to swim back to the steps on George’s Quay but he himself was pushed under the water on a number of occasions. Brendan Connolly who was also passing by at the time, saw the situation and went to assist Stephen. Brendan entered the water, swam after Martin, grabbed him and supported him on the surface. Thomas O’Brien at this point also entered the river and assisted Brendan in bringing Martin back to the steps. All four exited the water safely and were treated at the scene by emergency services. Martin was taken to hospital for treatment and the other trhee men did not suffer any physical injuries. Tragically, a short time later, the body of Aidan Mullen (RIP) was recovered from the water by the Dublin Fire Brigade.
Martin Mullen’s efforts to save his brother involved significant personal risk.
There is no doubt that without the individual and combined efforts of Stephen Andrews, Brendan Connolly and Thomas O’Brien a double tragic drowning could have occurred.
For their Efforts: Martin Mullen, Stephen Andrews, Thomas O’Brien and Brendan Connolly are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon
Award No. 15
On 1st March 2014, a woman entered the River Shannon at Thomond Bridge, Thomondgate, Limerick. The water level at this part of the River Shannon was high at the time and there was a strong current flowing. Having entered the water, the woman was swept down the river. Once it became apparent that there was a person in the water, the relevant emergency services were requested and the Irish Coastguard was redeployed, but was unable to affect a rescue as she rapidly approached Sarsfield Bridge. At this time, Mr. Joe Cantillon was on duty on the river as a coach with St. Michael’s Rowing Club. On seeing the helicopter he assumed that it was an exercise and proceeded to Sarsfield bridge in a flat-bottomed boat to observe the event. Its should be noted that his boat was light and not designed for rescue. Simultaneously, Limerick City Fire Service, an ambulance and An Garda Síochána arrived at the bridge. Realising that this was not an exercise and observing the woman in the water, Mr. Cantillon set about rescuing her from the water. As he approached her, Firefighter Eli Brace jumped into the water to assist. Together, Mr. Cantillon and Firefighter Eli Brace helped the woman from the water and placed her into the boat. After being taken ashore, she was brought to University Hospital Limerick where she made a full recovery.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions and considerable courage of Firefighter Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon that the incident may have resulted in loss of life.
For their efforts, Firefighter Eli Brace and Joe Cantillon are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Award No. 16
On 26th September, 2013 Kerri Brosnan’s mother was attacked by a suckler cow that rammed her against the wall of the calving pen on the family farm in Leamlara, Co. Cork. Kerri who was 11 years of age at the time, was nearby and started banging on the gate with a pike trying to distract the cow, before she decided to throw a full bucket of nuts over the gate which caused the cow to turn around and investigate momentarily. This gave Kerri’s mother a chance to get into a standing position and when the cow came for her again she was able to jump over the cow’s back and land inside the vertical headgate the cow had been locked up in. She was then able to tstep out of hte pen but collapsed in pain as she did so. Kerri then took her mother’s phone and called for her father but he was about an hour away. She then called a friend and neighbour of the family who was a nurse and was able to come straight away. Kerri’s two younger siblings arrived soon afterwards and she was able to stop them panicking by having one sit beside her mother to keep her awake and the other to go to the house to show the neighbour where to find them. Her mother had received multiple injuries including a severly bruised lung, a tea to her liver and broken ribs. She has since recovered.
There is no doubt that but for the actions of Kerri Brosnan, the incident could have resulted in loss of life.
For her actions, v
Chris Carr, Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews
Award No 17
At approximately 1.30pm on the 5th March 2014, Chris Carr was driving by a residence on Harbour street in Mullingar when he noticed fire and thick black smoke coming from the building. He stopped his car and looked for assistance in a nearby pub, where he acquired a fire extinguisher and went to the builing, along with Ross Brunton who had been having lunch in the pub at that time. They soon noticed that the fire had accelerated and the fire extinguisher would not be enough. Leon Matthews was passing by on the street at this time and assisted also. The three men subsequently obtained a ladder from the pub and went back to the apartment block. Using the ladder they removed two male residents from the upper floor though a window. Mr. Carr entered the apartment block and found a woman slumped over on the floor. He removed her from the building to safety.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Chris Carr, Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews that this incident may have resulted in loss of life. The three men displayed considerable courage in the actions they took.
For their efforts:
Chris Carr is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Ross Brunton and Leon Matthews are each awarded a Certificate of Bravery
Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe
Award No. 18
On 24th March 2015 at approximately 7.45pm Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe were waiting at Bayside DART station when they observed a motionless female on the tracks. Due to a rapidly approaching train the three teenagers reacted quickly and got down on the tracks and removed the vulnerable woman to safety. This train was not due to stop in that station at that time. The driver later informed the Gardaí that, as it was a dark night and visibility was poor, he would more than likely not have been able to stop in time.
It later emerged that the woman had suffered and epileptic fit and fell from the platform on to the tracks below. Medical assistance was sought and she made a full recovery.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Luke Foley, Jennifer Cunningham and Katie McCabe that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. All three displayed considerable courage in the actions they took and without their swift actions the woman in question may well have died.
For their efforts: Jennifer Cunningham, Luke Foley and Katie McCabe are each awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Award No 19
At approxiamately 9.00pm on 16th October 2014, Róisín Halligan was in the sitting room of Ardmore Park, Ballybeg, Waterford watching television. Her two cousins, a one year old and 3 month old, were also present in the house when the front window was broken and a petrol bomb was thrown into the room. Róisín’s one year old cousin was sitting in the sitting room with her at the time and Róisín instinctively went to protect her cousin, shielding her to protect her from the flames. Her grandmother, who was also present, extinguished the fire. However, Ms Halligan received extensive burns to her face, body, arms and legs, and spent several weeks in Cork University Hospital where she was treated for severe burns.
There is no doubt but for the actions of Róisín Halligan that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Róisin displayed considerable courage in the actions she took.
Award No. 20
On 14th September, 2014, a three-vehicle-collision occurred on the N15 Donegal Road at the junction with the Leghowney Road.
James Loughlin was passing the scene soon after the collision occurred. He saw flames coming from the car where the fire had started and predicted all the other cars were likely to catch fire. He approached one of the cars to find two people trapped. When he opened the door he found an unconscious female and heard the man in the driver’s seat scream for someone to get hsi wife out. He got the woman out and brought her to a safe area returning to get the man. However, the man’s feet were trapped but he managed to release him and brought him to safety. The car at this stage was engulfed in black smoke and soon after went up in flames.
There is now doubt but for the swift actions of James Loughlin that the incident may have resulted in loos of life. Mr. Loughlin displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
For his efforts James Loughlin is awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery.
Award No. 21
On 11th December 2013 at approximately 7.30am Paul Lynam-Loane was driving home after a twelve hour night shift at a care centre when he noticed flames coming from a window on the North Circular Road. He stopped the car and rang 999, and was told to knock at the front door to get everybody out, which he did. As there was no response, Mr. Lynam-Loane kicked the door in and went upstairs shouting for everybody to evacuate the building. There was some confusion at first as some of the residents believed he was a burglar and as many of the residents were foreign nationals there were language difficulties. Mr Lynam-Loane reassured the residents and he was able to evacuate everybody from the building. Soon afterwards the emergency services arrived and dealt with the fire.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Paul Lynam-Loane the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Mr. Lynam-Loane’s quick thinking and heroic actions saved the lives of several people. As a direct result of his involvement, there were thankfully no injuries in this fire. All the residents of the building were evacuated safely.
Award No. 22
On 25th May, 2013 at approximately 12.45 James O’Reilly (R.I.P.) who was a coach with Navan Road United, was at Courtown Harbour with his football club. The group of five adults and 13 children went to Courtown for the day after a friendly match they were due to play was cancelled. As it was a hot day, three of the youngsters went into the water, but one of them got into difficulty. Mr. O’Reilly jumped into the water to help the child, but both got into difficulties and were being dragged out by the current. Meanwhile, a club member ran to get a life buoy, while another when to the lifeboat station for help. A teenager who was on the beach swam out to where the two swimmers were, grabbed the youngster and brought him to safety but Mr. O’Reilly was dragged out further by the current and unfortunately, his body was recovered a short time later by Courtown Lifeboat. The youngster made a full recovery.
There is little doubt but for the swift actions of James O’Reilly that day, another young man may well have drowned. Mr. O’Reilly displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. Without his swift actions the young man concerned mauy well have perished.
For his actions James O’Reilly is posthumously awarded a Bronze Medal and Certificate of Bravery
Garda Brendan O’Toole
Award No. 23
On 22nd May, 2014, Garda Brendan O’Toole, who was off duty at the time and in his civilian clothes, observed two masked raiders enter Cullens Corner Shop and suspected they were committing a robbery. He parked his vehicle a short distance away, rang the Garda Station and approached the shop to investigate further. He observed one of the raiders at the entrance who was standing guard outside. Garda O’Toole casually walked passed him and entered the shop.
Upon entering, he closed the door behind him and confronted the second raider who had already gone behind the shop counter and was in the process of assaulting the shopkeeper. He unmasked the raider inside the shop and showed his face clearly to the CCTV cameras. At this stage, the raider who had stood guard at the front door of the shop had come in, produced a firearm (which transpired to be a “realistic imitation firearm”) and pointed it at the shopkeeper demanding that he open the cash register. He also threatened to shoot Garda O’Toole if he did not release the other raider from his grasp. Garda O’ Toole was compelled to release this raider when confronted with this scenario. Both raiders made their escape on foot. Garda O’Toole courageously pursued both of them. He managed to apprehend the raider who had been armed but during the chase threw away his weapon. Garda O’Toole sustained an injury to his hand during this struggle which necessitated hospital treatment. The other raider was arrested later that evening at this home.
There is no doubt but for the swift actions of Garda Brendan O’Toole that the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Garda O’toole displayed considerable courage in the actions he took.
AWARD NO. 24
On 20th June, 2013, while moving cattle on the family farm, John O’Donoghue’s father, Joe O’Donoghue, was attacked and gored by a bull. John O’Donoghue (who was 15 years of age at the time) ran to his father’s aid and grabbed the bull by the nose ring and around his neck. He distracted the bull for long enough to allow his father to escape to safety.
As they both ran for their vehicle, the bull once again hit Joe. John again went to his father’s aid and held the bull by the neck, allowing his father time to escape. Both men made it to their jeep and the bull began to attack the vehicle, which continued to do until they left the field. Joe O’Donoghue was seriously injured but has since recovered.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of John O’Donoghue the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Without the swift actions of John, his father may well have been killed.
Garda Michael Twomey
AWARD NO. 25
On the night of 17th/18th April, 2014, a series of incidents took place which posed serious and substantial risk to the general public in the Cork area. The incident arose as a result of two people who stole a van and shortly thereafter committed a burglary at the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Co. Cork. In the course of this burglary a large quantity of alcohol was stolen and the suspects proceeded to joyride across Cork City and County resulting in five separate collisions. During the course of these incidents many of the public road users, both drivers and pedestrians, were put in serious danger.
It was during the course of these events that Garda Michael Twomey showed exemplary initiative in anticipating the route of travel of the suspect vehicle and with his Garda motorcycle, set up a traffic warning point in the interest of preserving life at a major road junction, Cork City and Mallow. He was intentionally rammed by the stolen vehicle and thrown from his official motorcycle. Garda Twomey received serious back, neck and leg injuries in the incident and was removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. The two offenders were later arrested and were subsequently convicted.
Without the selfless actions of Garda Twomey catastrophic injuries to members of the public and members of An Garda Síochána may well have occurred.
AWARD NO. 26
On the night of 16th August shortly before 1:00am a house on Chord Road was the subject of a suspected arson attack. The resident of this house was an elderly, disabled woman who was confined to a wheelchair and was sleeping at the time. A passerby noticed a group acting in a suspicious manner before seeing the fire in the window of the house and hearing the moaning and coughing of the lady inside. He raised the alarm in McDonnell’s public house across the road and Colin Carter along with another person went out to help. They were able to gain entrance through the front door and Mr. Carter then made his way into the sitting room of the house by crawling on his hands and knees. He made his way to the lady’s room where he helped her from her bed and onto the ground from where he dragged her to the front door. Mr. Carter removed her clear of the house with the assistance of others who included a qualified nurse who began administering care to the lady. During the rescue, Mr. Carter received injuries to his body in the form of burns to both of his arms, his back and his head. The lady was removed to St. James’ Hospital where she remained until unfortunately passing away from her injuries on 20th November, 2014 having never regained consciousness.
There is no doubt that but for the swift actions of Colin Carter the incident may have resulted in loss of life. Mr. Carter displayed considerable courage in the actions he took. While the lady has since passed away there is no doubt that without the actions of Mr. Carter the lady may well have perished.
For his efforts
Colin Carter is awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.