A Kildare town hero received a national bravery award last week for saving his neighbour from a fire.
David McCormack of Rowanville was one of 21 brave people honoured at a ceremony in Farmleigh House on Friday, November 1.
The Leinster Leader covered the dramatic rescue back in August 2011. At the time, David recalled how events unfolded.
“I was in the house before I realised how much danger I was really in,” he stressed. He told of how he heard glass breaking from his own house, and then made his way outside, where he heard the man inside calling for help from an upstairs bedroom. He saw him through the window.
“I saw the smoke coming out of everywhere, even the letter box. I saw him leaning out the window asking for help. I went into the house and I couldn’t see anything with the smoke. It took me a few minutes to find him. I knew the layout of the houses as they are all the same. I got him up and I inhaled a lot of smoke. It was about five seconds before I managed to drag him outside. Luckily he was grand. He went to hospital to get checked out,” he explained.
Another neighbour, Pat Sheridan came to help. “He came straight away with the hose and the neighbours got the fire out,” said David.
David’s wife Mary Ellen and daughters Ciara (12) and Kerrianne (6) must be very proud of the brave dad. Mr Gibney was brought to hospital and was treated for smoke inhalation.
“There is no doubt that but for the selfless actions of David McCormack and the bravery and courage that he showed in entering the house this incident could have had a tragic ending with the possible loss of life,” said the award organisers.
David was awarded a Silver Medal and a Certificate of Bravery by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett. The honours were awarded by Comhairle na Mire Gaile – the Deeds of Bravery Council – which was established in 1947 to provide for suitable recognition by the State of deeds of bravery. The Council, which is chaired by the Ceann Comhairle, includes the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Lord Mayor of Cork, the Garda Commissioner, the President of the Association of City & County Councils and the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross.