Cork ambulance crew honoured for bravery during Storm Ophelia

Cork ambulance crew honoured for bravery during Storm Ophelia

Paramedics, James Hennessy and Olive Murphy from Cork, who were both awarded Certificates of Bravery at Farmleigh House, Dublin.

Two Cork ambulance crew members were honoured for their bravery during Storm Ophelia at a ceremony last week.

Olive Murphy and James Hennessy, two members of the National Ambulance Service here in Cork, braved the elements of the fierce storm in 2017 to tend to an ill woman in a remote part of the Rebel County.

The woman found herself in a dangerous scenario when she was left without her supply of supplemental oxygen due to power cuts at a rural farm in Ballinascarthy, west Cork.

James and Olive risked their own lives in travelling to the woman’s aid, using hacksaws and crowbars to clear fallen trees from the roads in order to reach her.

The pair provided pre-hospital care for her before transporting her to Bantry General Hospital.

They were among 20 people recognised at The National Bravery Awards which took place in Dublin on Friday.

These are awards, which are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who carried out a deed of bravery with “an effort to save human life involving personal risk”.

The awards were presented by Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl.

“The National Bravery Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the courage of our emergency services and people who risk their own safety to protect their fellow citizens,” Mr Ó’Fearghail said.

“It is important to recognise the sacrifices made by people whose selflessness can serve to remind us of our duty of care to one another.

“It is an honour to present these 20 Bravery Awards today, including the posthumous award, and I thank all recipients for their courage.”

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