Special Award for Bundoran RNLI volunteer

Bundoran RNLI fundraiser receives bronze medal award at his wedding

Bundoran RNLI fundraiser and volunteer tractor driver Cormac McGurren got a surprise on his wedding day last Friday (19th July) when, during the best man speech, he was presented with the RNLI Bronze Badge by Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony McGowan. Cormac had been due to collect his award at a special ceremony in early June held at Trinity College but due to other commitments was unable to make it to pick up the badge which was awarded to him to recognise his role in raising funds and awareness for the life-saving charity and for supporting the volunteer lifeboat crews in their work.

Cormac who has been a volunteer with the charity for almost twenty years organises the annual dinner dance every January which this year attracted a crowd of around 1200. He also is one of the organising committee for the newly established soapbox race which happens on the June bank holiday weekend in Bundoran. He married Joanne in her home town of Castlerea, County Roscommon on Friday. As he didn’t make it to Dublin, Cormac’s best man and fellow Bundoran RNLI volunteer Brian Gillespie arranged that he get it so it could be presented to him on his wedding day as part of his best man duties.

Paying tribute to Cormac as he presented him with his award, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Bundoran RNLI Tony McGowan said ‘Cormac is not only a volunteer for the RNLI, he’s a volunteer for the community of Bundoran – you know if you need any kind of work done you just call Cormac and it’s done. I want to congratulate him on his recognition from the RNLI and wish him many more years success with the organisation and of course many years of happiness with his new bride Joanne’.

*Source: RNLI Bundoran – Shane Smyth

UK Fire Fighter Dies

14 July 2013 Updated at  18:12

A Manchester fire fighter has died following a blaze at a premises on Oldham Street, Manchester. Two 15 year old giirls have been arrested by Police on suspicion of manslaughter.

Stephen Hunt, 38 was a member of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. He was stationed at Philips Park fire station. It is beleived Stephen and another fire fighter got into difficulty at about 8.30pm. They were both taken to hospital, where Stephen was pronounced dead.

County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: “We are devastated by the loss of one of our colleagues who has died in the line of duty. “We never expect to lose a colleague in this way and it brings home the dangers that our firefighters put themselves in every day to keep the community safe. “Stephen had been a dedicated firefighter since 2008 and we are all in a state of shock”

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “There is a  great feeling of solidarity amongst firefighters as a result of the job that they do and the risks that they face and this will be keenly felt by firefighters across the UK and indeed internationally.”