Irish US cop who saved man from house blaze to be honoured
THE bravery of a US police officer from Ireland who was honoured for tackling an armed suspect is to be recognised again, this time for rescuing a man from a burning house.
Patrick Brady (47), from Dunboyne, Co Meath, is to receive the San Francisco Police Department's Medal of Valour for saving the elderly man's life.
The incident took place in February last year on the night of the Super Bowl.
Mr Brady and fellow officer Timothy Donovan were returning to their station from crowd-control duties when they spotted a house fire.
"There was thick black smoke billowing out of the structure and officer Brady knew the male would not survive very long if he was not rescued," a report on the incident says.
"Without any safety equipment or breathing apparatus available to him, Officer Brady ran into the burning building and felt along the walls in an attempt to find the male."
The hero cop called out the man's name but was forced to retreat because of the extreme heat and thick black smoke.
However, he went back in, "using his bare hands to find his way along the walls until he found the male stumbling around disoriented".
The report added: "Officer Brady grabbed the male and dragged him out of the building, saving his life. Once the family was safe, officer Brady and Sgt Donovan evacuated nearby residences as the fire was quickly spreading.
"If it were not for the quick response and the courage of these two men, Domart Young (69) might have perished in this fire."
In the previous incident more than two years ago, Mr Brady helped remove a semi-automatic weapon from a dangerous individual who had a history of mental health detentions.
On that occasion, the former pupil of Coolmine Community School in Dublin and his colleague Robert Wong investigated a report of a man brandishing a gun in the tourist area of Sutro Park.
When they arrived, they identified the individual and saw a handgun protruding from his trouser pocket.
The officers drew their own weapons and approached the man before successfully disarming him. They removed a fully-loaded .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun from his possession.
A search revealed 100 rounds of ammunition in the man's cargo pants.
Mr Brady, who is married to school principal Maria, was named San Francisco Police Officer of the Year at a Lions Club International ceremony in the city. The son of the late Dunboyne gravedigger John Brady, he moved to the US in 1997.