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Thanks Garda Bill - officer off duty after 30 years service

ONE of the capital's most popular community gardai retired this week after 30 sterling years of service.

Crumlin-based officer Bill Hernon – who has served the Crumlin and Perrystown areas for 12 years as a community-based officer and a total of 27 years in Crumlin Garda Station – retired from the force on his 57th birthday.

To mark the occasion, children at St Damian's National School in Walkinstown (above) presented him with a special 4ft police man picture, which they coloured in and signed.

It was a special day for the garda who was affectionately known as Garda Bill in the community in which he was so hugely regarded.

Mr Hernon, a father-of-six, is originally from Rathfarnham.

Sgt Michal Tyner, of Crumlin station, told the Herald: "Bill is an absolute gentleman to the core and he will be sadly missed by everyone here in Crumlin."

In particular, Garda Hernon was extremely well respected for the interest he took in the welfare of the children in the locality where he worked.