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Garda David Hearne, receiving a certificate of bravery for saving a drowning man, with his ex-garda father Declan who in 1958 also received a certificate of bravery. Photo: Maxwells

Garda David Hearne, receiving a certificate of bravery for saving a drowning man, with his ex-garda father Declan who in 1958 also received a certificate of bravery. Photo: Maxwells

Garda David Hearne, receiving a certificate of bravery for saving a drowning man, with his ex-garda father Declan who in 1958 also received a certificate of bravery. Photo: Maxwells

An off-duty garda and father of four who died in a diving tragedy off the Wexford coast has been hailed for his selfless courage in risking his life multiple times over the years to save others.

Tributes to Garda Dave Hearne (46) were led by Irish Bravery Awards Council (IBAC) chairman Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, who noted that the garda followed in the brave footsteps of his father who was also honoured for his courage in 1958.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Gda Hearne in Wexford," he said.


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