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Birr's David McEvoy A 'Community Hero'

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Birr's David McEvoy A 'Community Hero' thumbnailDavid McEvoy pictured with his Community Hero award.

THE Christine Buckley Award was presented to Birr's Community Responders co-ordinator David McEvoy at the annual Volunteer Ireland Awards on Wednesday (December 7th) night at a ceremony in City Hall, Dublin.

David, who had only just responded to the 103rd call out of the year on Emmet St Birr before attending, was delighted to be honoured on the night and was presented with the overall award by Christine's son Conor Buckley.

The event was hosted by presenter Keelin Shanley as a large group from the locality travelled to Dublin to support David who came away with a second award for 'Emergency & Ambulance Service'.

The responders group, which David set up four years ago after saving his father's life, are a voluntary group dealing with cardiac arrest, stroke, chest pain and choking situations, providing an invaluable service to Birr and it's surrounding areas answering over 500 calls since it was first established in March 2012.

There were 500 nominations sent in upon the opening of the competition and it is a huge achievement for someone in the locality to take away the top prize so deservedly.

Fellow members of Birr's Community Responders sent in David's nomination and he was shocked to get the call that he had made it into the final twenty-nine. 'It was fantastic to receive the award for emergency and ambulance service but I never expected the overall award, I was gobsmacked, I'm still in shock, I was never as teary-eyed.'

To date David has trained over 700 group members, school goers and adults in CPR from mere basics to a solid knowledge in responding to emergency situations. David stated 'this means absolutely everything to the group. It's recognition for the work they have done, we don't do it for medals, we do it for the community but it is a nice feeling to achieve this.'

David has also been put forward for the 'Better Together.ie' awards in the 'Community Hero' category with the award ceremony taking place in Kilmainham Hospital this Wednesday, December 14th.

David told the Tribune 'I'd like to thank everyone in Birr and its surround, I honestly can't thank people enough, everyone, absolutely everyone who has given us support and helped us over the years.'

Meanwhile the group will be hosting a celebration evening in Dooly's Hotel Birr on December 30th at 9.30p.m. with music and finger food on the night so the people of the community can share in the joyous win.

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