PROBATIONER gardaí in Fermoy assisted an elderly woman who was having breathing difficulties as part of a 12-hour shift during which they each walked more than 42km.
Garda Padraig O'Neill and Garda Emily Maher were on the beat in the town yesterday and covered 60,022 steps during a foot patrol of the area.
During their duty, they spotted a man looking for help for his elderly mother, who was having breathing difficulties.
They assisted the woman until the ambulance arrived and she was taken to hospital.
Chief Superintendent Tom Myers said: “Padraig and Emily are just two of the probationers who arrived to us in Cork North in January and they have gotten straight into the thick of it.
"Our members are out there assisting the public in whatever way we can – if that means collecting a prescription for an elderly couple or doing a bit of shopping for them, no problem.
"Don’t think twice about contact your local station if you need us, we are here to help.”
The gardaí covered the whole of Fermoy town and surrounds during their shift, to ensure the appropriate social distancing was being adhered to, the government guidelines were being observed, and to engage with the local community.
A garda spokesman said they carried out numerous checkpoints to ensure those travelling were only making essential journeys.
They both met locals to reassure them that Fermoy Gardaí are there to assist them during this time.