Two hero Co Longford gardai are being honoured today (Friday) for their part in helping to save a young woman from drowning, writes Liam Cosgrove
Granard’s Garda James Rowan and Garda Padraic McWeeney will, this afternoon, receive National Deeds of Bravery from Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett at Dublin’s Farmleigh House.
The pair secured the highly recognised accolade after responding to an emergencing call shortly before 6am on August 2 2010 along a stretch of the River Shannon at Tarmonbarry.
Both gardai were in the process of dealing with a prisoner at Longford Garda Station at the time, but immediately responded to find a young woman in difficulty.
Within seconds, Garda Rowan dived into the icy waters and swam to the young lady with Garda McWeeney following closely behind.
Despite the young woman failing to stay afloat and losing consciousness as a result, the two gardai managed to drag her to shore where they successfully resuscitated her.
“If not for the prompt and brave actions of Garda James Rowan and Garda Padraig McWeeney on that early morning in question there is little doubt that this woman would have lost her life and drowned,” said a statement sent on from the Governmen’s Houses of the Oireactas yesterday.
The awards presented to Garda Rowan and Garda McWeeney are among 21 awards expected to be handed out throughout the course of the day.