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Hero: Garda Dave Hearne

Hero: Garda Dave Hearne

Hero: Garda Dave Hearne

The heartbroken family of a hero garda who died in a diving tragedy off the Wexford coast said they took comfort from the fact nine people were alive today because of his remarkable courage.

Father of four Garda Dave Hearne (46) died on Saturday after a freak accident while he was off-duty and engaged in a recreational dive off Hook Head. He died from a suspected case of the 'bends', or decompression sickness.

His mother Gemma told the Irish Independent her son had grown up with their family home a hub of life-saving activity thanks to her husband, Declan (80), being involved with rescue work in Wexford.


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