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Three gardaí honoured for their bravery

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

Garda Ciara Byrne from Lusk, who graduated yesterday from the Garda College in Templemore, enjoys the occasion with her daughters Lara (2) and Olivia (3)
Garda Ciara Byrne from Lusk, who graduated yesterday from the Garda College in Templemore, enjoys the occasion with her daughters Lara (2) and Olivia (3)

A Garda cheated death when a bullet was deflected away from his body by a torch he was holding in his hand.

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Garda Gavin Cahill was only a student garda when he fearlessly came to the aid of his senior colleague, Garda Joseph Glackin, who was shot in the hand by the raiders in Finglas, Dublin, on October 27, 2004.

Garda Glackin subsequently required plastic surgery to his hand.

Three Scott medals were presented by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to the two gardaí, as well as Garda Michael Bolton.

Garda Bolton was honoured for bravely going to foil an armed robbery in Portmarnock, Dublin, on November 16, 2012.

He was on pedal cycle duty that day and, as he responded to the alert over the credit union robbery, came across two suspects, one of whom pointed a gun directly at him.

The suspect later fired at Garda Bolton, who was forced to dive behind a parked car for cover.

Thanks to the persistence and courage of the young garda, the culprits were later successfully apprehended by support units.

Irish Independent

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