Sunday 24 June 2018

Slain officer to be awarded Scott medal for bravery

Garda Tony Golden.
Garda Tony Golden.
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The highest honour for bravery is being awarded to Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead two years ago as he defended a young woman after she had been attacked by her partner.

A total of seven gardaí will be awarded Scott gold medals at a special ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, on Friday.

Gda Golden was in uniform and unarmed when dissident republican Adrian Crevan Mackin opened fire with a handgun, fatally injuring the garda and critically wounding the woman, Siobhan Phillips. Also being honoured is Dominick Hutchin, who was a detective garda when he confronted two armed raiders in North Cumberland Street, Dublin, in 1987.

Despite being shot in the face and body by the thugs, Det Gda Hutchin firmly stood his ground as the raiders approached him.

The other five are being given to gardaí lured into a Provisional IRA ambush at a derelict house in Co Laois, where a bomb exploded, in October 1976.

Irish Independent

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