SEVERAL members of the Mulroy Coast Guard unit have been presented with Long Service Medals for their dedication to saving lives at sea.
The 20-year and ten-year service medals were presented to members by Niall Ferns Irish Coast guard manager, Paul Gill Divisional Controller of Malin Head Radio Station and Dermot Hickey, Coast Unit Sector Manager in the North West.
It was a poignant event remembering a friend and esteemed colleague Michelle McNeill-Kelly, who passed away in May last year.
Receiving 10 year service medals were: Michelle Hay, John McClafferty, Adrian Hay, Kevin Doherty, Stephen Doherty, Seamus Gallagher, Cormac Walsh, Brian McBride, Edward McGettigan, Michael Bassett, Robert Newberry, Kelly Gallagher, Roisin Mc Bride
Receiving 20 year service medals were: Joseph Boyce, Michael McGee, Frankie Boyce
A spokesperson for the Mulroy Coast Guard said: “Eve Kelly and George Kelly was presented with a 10 year service medal on behalf of our dearly departed colleague Michelle. Michelle was a very special person to us all, full of integrity, courage, tenacity, loyalty, warmth and light. Her dedication to helping others shines through in our team every time we answer that page.
“Helping someone in difficulty once is an extremely noble act, to carry a pager and help someone you at have never met before or will possibly ever meet again is a commendable achievement.
“A massive congratulations to all our volunteers who continue to carry the pager every day for our community. The medals represent hundreds of hours of service and are in recognition of their professionalism and dedication during that time.”