Son thanks Kildare Fire Service for rescuing dad from blaze during Storm Emma

Man rescued, given CPR, during Athy fire on Thursday night

Leader reporter


Leader reporter


A grateful son has thanked Kildare County Council fire service for rescuing his father from a blaze last Thursday evening and bringing him back to life. The crew carried out the rescue despite the challenging conditions caused by Storm Emma, which was raging at the time of the incident.

The Athy fire brigade was called to a house fire in Townspark, Athy, around 11.30pm on Thursday, March 1. The crew rescued a man trapped inside the house. They immediately commenced CPR and resuscitated the man prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

Michael Walsh, son of the rescued man, thanked the Kildare fire crew in a Facebook post, saying: "They just stayed at it and at it and never gave up hope, I can't thank ye enough honestly! Only for ye he'd be no longer here! That night will live long in the memory that's for sure! They don't get enough credit! Thanks again from myself and the family! He's doing well, he's a fighter."

"It's very pleasing to know that our crew were able to help out this family in their time of need, despite what (Storm) Emma had thrown at them," responded Kildare County Council's Fire Service. 

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