Kerry garda wins award for bravery



Published 14/11/2012 | 11:29

THE courage of a West Kerry Garda, who saved the life of a man trapped in a burning building, will be recognised at a special ceremony in Dublin this Friday.

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Garda Seán Brosnan, a native of Garrynadur, Lispole, will travel to Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park this Friday where Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan will present him with the Garda Award for Bravery.

Seán, who has been stationed in Clonmel for the past ten years, will receive the bravery award along with two of his colleagues, Garda John Hennessy and Garda Marie Lonergan. Together they rescued a man from certain death in a blazing bungalow fire in November 2010.

Garda Brosnan and Garda Hennessy risked their lives when they entered the burning house in Clonmel to rescue the unconscious man in his 40s from his bedroom with the aid of Garda Lonergan.

The Gardai had responded to a 999 call and upon arrival had been informed by neighbours that a man was still inside the house which was on fire. Garda Brosnan and Garda Hennessy risked their lives by entering the burning building where they found the injured man in a bedroom and managed to drag him to the window where Garda Lonergan helped pull the victim from the blaze.

Speaking to The Kerryman this week, a modest Garda Brosnan said that the rescue was simply "part of the job".

"It's a great honour to receive this award but that's the job and it's all part of it," he added.

Garda Brosnan is the son of Mike and Eileen Brosnan from Garrynadur, Lispole and a large contingent of family and friends from the parish will travel to Dublin this Friday to attend the awards ceremony.

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