Thursday 8 December 2016

Irish band who saved 13 children from devastating US house fire to be honoured for bravery

Published 11/06/2016 | 09:45

Dissension Rising, the scene of the fire
Dissension Rising, the scene of the fire
Dissension Rising

The Irish rock band who saved 13 people from a house fire in the US will be rewarded for their heroic efforts.

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The band Dissension Rising are to be honoured at a ceremony in Co Longford next week after they saved their friends and two families when flames engulfed wood-framed houses in New Jersey on May 14.

Singer Danni Carroll (18), lead guitarist Keith Garrett (21), drummer Kian Johnston (17), rhythm guitarist Rob Higgins (20), manager Dorothea Carroll (57) and driver Justin Carroll (42) rushed to the aid of those inside.

Singer Danni said it was "heartbreaking" to watch the families in tears as they watched their homes burn.

Dissension Rising
Dissension Rising

"We acted instinctively and just did what anyone else would have done in the same situation," she said.

Mayor of Longford Gerry Warnock will present local drummer Kian and his bandmates with the Mayor's Award for Bravery.

The four-piece will perform a free homecoming gig at the Gypsy Rose bar in Dublin city tonight.


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