A garda officer from Letterkenny has been highly praised for her brave actions in saving a man’s life after he fell into a river.
Garda Roisin O’Donnell, who is stationed in Co. Louth, jumped into the River Dee along with a colleague to rescue a man who had fallen in.
Garda O’Donnell and her colleagues Garda Keenan McGavisk and Garda Conor Tuite are being recommended for a bravery award for their quick actions, the Irish Sun reports.
The officers discovered a man had fallen into the river at around 1.30am on Monday morning last. Garda Tuite rushed to get a lifebuoy, while Garda O’Donnell and Garda McGavisk braved the cold and dark conditions to enter the river together and drag the man to safety. The officers remained with the man and monitored his condition for hypothermia until paramedics arrived.
Their Superintendent Shay O’Leary told the Sun that he “couldn’t speak highly enough” of the members involved in the rescue.
Garda O’Donnell has also been working as a Community Engagement officer as part of Operation Chara during the Covid-19 crisis, assisting the elderly and vulnerable people in isolation.