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Tuesday 23 September 2014

'Fireman' Robert (5) to the rescue after safety talk in school

Claire McCormack

Published 27/06/2014 | 02:30

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Robert Dempsey with his mom Ciara McCabe. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography
Robert Dempsey with his mom Ciara McCabe. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

A LITTLE boy with a brave heart has become an honorary firefighter in the Dublin brigade.

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Robert Dempsey (5) has been awarded an honorary firefighter certificate for his bravery during a recent fire at his home in Malahide, north Co Dublin.

On Wednesday, May 14, Robert put into practice the fire safety advice given to his class by members of the Dublin Fire Brigade.

"A fireman visited my junior infant class a few months ago. He told us what to do if we saw a fire," said the little hero at yesterday's award ceremony.

"The smoke alarm went off in my bedroom and I saw smoke, I told an adult to call the fire brigade on 999 and I told everyone we must get out of the house," said Robert, who was there with a childminder and his two sisters Roisin (7) and Maeve (2).

Robert came to the rescue of his two-year-old sister.

"My little sister wanted to go upstairs, I wouldn't let her and took her by the hand and went outside," said Robert, who continued to call as he reached the garden. "I shouted really loud until my neighbour came to help."

Robert's mother Ciara Dempsey told the Irish Independent: "I'm very proud of him, he took charge of the situation because he knew what to do. It's so important to educate children about fire safety and Robert's knowledge gave him the courage to turn something that could have been a major situation into a much more minor one."

The fire brigade crew, who gave the talk to Robert's class, presented him with his award at St Oliver Plunkett School in Malahide yesterday. Chief Fire Officer Patrick Fleming said: "We congratulate Robert on his quick thinking and wish him all the best."

Irish Independent

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