Footage: Gardai receive Walter Scott medals for valour 1934

This footage from the depot in the Phoenix Park in July 1934 shows Gardai being presented with their Scott medals for valour. The previous August, Guard Henry Gillespie(Castelbar) had risked his own life by swimming into strong undercurrents and sea conditions in Sligo to save a man that was already considered lost. In November 1933, a nursing home in Portobello caught fire and Guard Andrew Quinn(Rathmines) went into the building several times to rescue residents. The gold medal went to Sergeant John Wynne(Depot, Phoenix Park) who bravely travelled down a pit almost 40ft deep while on duty in Templemore to save a man trapped after two other men had failed attempts with perilous air conditions in the pit shaft. The medals have been issued on an annual basis by the Minister for Justice since initiated in the 1920’s by Walter Scott.

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