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Hero gardai pulled man down from bridge on M50

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Gardai risked their lives

Gardai risked their lives

Gardai risked their lives

Two heroic gardai risked their lives in a perilous effort to save a man threatening to jump off a Dublin bridge.

Gardai rushed to the undisclosed location on the M50 at about 7pm on Wednesday after receiving reports that a 30-year-old man intended to endanger his life.

Trained negotiators were called to the scene, but before they arrived the man attempted to step on to a small inner ledge of the bridge, which overlooks the River Liffey.

Grabbed

Two quick-thinking gardai then immediately jumped on to the barrier and grabbed hold of the man before he could fall.

It is understood that the pair were leaning across the outer barrier, with one of the gardai holding on to his colleague's legs as a precaution.

The officers then managed to pull the man back on to the road, but in doing so the man landed on them, injuring the two gardai.

One was knocked unconscious and was taken to Blanchardstown Hospital for treatment.

The man who threatened to endanger his life is understood to have been suffering from depression for a number of years.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act and transported to Lucan Garda Station for medical assessment.

Ceremony

Acts of bravery within the force are recognised annually by the Department of Justice with a medal ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, to honour the efforts of brave gardai in the conduct of their duty.

Recipients of the Scott Medal are chosen for an act of personal bravery, performed "intelligently in the execution of duty at imminent risk to the life of the doer, and armed with full previous knowledge of the risk" involved.

l If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article you can contact the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

Information is also available to be accessed at yourmentalhealth.ie


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