Gerard and Tim honoured for work
Duo unveiled as worthy joint winners of accolade for their years of service to their communities
The June Cork Person of the Month awards had a distinctly North Cork flavour, with not just one but two well-known local faces receiving awards fort their outstanding voluntary work over many years.
Gerard Sheehan, the founder of the Doneraile, Buttevant and Mallow (DBM) First Responders and Tim Sheehan, of the Mallow Development Partnership (MDP) were honoured for their selfless commitment and dedication to their communities.
This is the second time this year that the DBM First Responder Group has been recognised, with the group winning the 2019 Mallow & District Sports and Leisure 'Community Award' in March.
Established by Gerard Sheehan in 2014, DBM's volunteers have attended more than 900 call outs across its coverage area. Its modus operandi is as simple as it is effective, with a trained team of volunteers on call 24/7 to respond to calls to the HSE's Ambulance Control relating to cardiac arrest, chest pain, choking or stroke.
If an ambulance tasked at the same time arrives to the scene first the responders will stand down. If not the team will treat and stabilise the patient until the ambulance team arrive. Gerard, a qualified CFR instructor, leads the group, arranging training classes and maintaining equipment and defibrillators that have substantially increased the chances of survival for people in emergency situations.
He is also heavily involved in raising funds to keep the group operational and ensures that all of the DBM volunteers undertake regular upskilling training courses.
Tim, the former station master at Cork's Kent Station, has dedicated decades to community activism in his beloved Mallow.
He began volunteering from a young age, looking after the natural hot spring spa water pool and was one of the leading figures behind the fundraising drive to establish the Mallow swimming pool, which opened in 1967.
He also served as the chairman of the Mallow. He served as the chairman of the Irish Red Cross Water Safety branch, organising life-saving classes at the Bulwarks on the River Blackwater for decades. Since then he has been involved with various social clubs and sporting organisations and is a leading member of the Mallow Development Partnership.
Tim has been volunteering to better his community for over fifty years and recently worked on the Thomas Davis Bi-Centenary celebrations. Accepting his June Person of the month Award Gerard, who helped organise the recent North Cork Community Responders Family Fun Day at the Cork Racecourse, was keen to acknowledge the efforts of all the other DBM volunteers.
"It is truly heart-warming to see the work of the DBM Community First Responders recognised by this wonderful awards Scheme. Our team, and teams of first responders across the county work tirelessly to make our communities better and safer places for their residents," he said.
Tim was equally keen to point out that it would not be possible to achieve community goals without the support of others.
"The work I've done would not have been possible without the support of the people of Mallow. I am accepting this award on behalf of the many volunteers I worked with over the years," he said.
Awards organisers Manus O'Callaghan, himself a proud Mallow man, said that people like Gerard and Tim were "an inspiration to us all.
"I thank them for their great work over the years and hope this award will inspire others to follow in their footsteps," he said.
Gerard Sheehan and Tim Sheehan will now go forward for possible selection as Cork Persons of the Year 2019 at a gala awards lunch on the next January the Rochestown Park Hotel.