The Louth Fire Brigade personnel with their awards - Back row from left: Station Officer Paul Kelly, Sub Officer Ian Coyle, Fire Fighter Michael Dawe, Sub Officer Sean Leyden, Station Officer Mark McElearney, Station Officer Anthony Byrne, Fire Fighter Alan Fealy. Front row: Sub Officer Dylan Kiely, Samantha McBride (wife of Shane McBride RIP), Cathaoirleach Conor Keelan, CFO Eamon Woulfe, Station Officer Michael Donnelly. Missing from photo – Firefighter Martin McGee who unfortunately could not attend but had the award accepted on his behalf by Chief Fire Officer Eamon Woulfe.
Ten firefighters serving with Louth County Council Fire Services have been presented with long service awards in recognition of their ongoing commitment to the Emergency Services.
The awrads were presented at a recent ceremony at Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim whih was organised by the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management and drew a strong attendance of over 270 fire service members from all over the country.
Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council Cllr Nick Killian opened the ceremony with the Director of the National Fire Service Keith Leonard presenting the awards. The event was attended by the Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council Conor Keelan and Louth County Council Chief Fire Officer Eamon Woulfe.
Louth County Council Fire Station Officers Michael Donnelly and Mark McElearney each received an award recognising 30 years and over of dedication to the Fire Emergency Service.
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Twenty year service awards were presented to Station Officers Anthony Byrne and Paul Kelly, Sub Officers Ian Coyle, Dylan Kiely and Sean Leyden and Fire Fighters Michael Dawe, Alan Fealy and Martin McGee.
The awards ceremony was especially poignant for Louth County Council Fire Services, as Samantha McBride accepted a 30 year award on behalf of her late husband Station Officer Shane McBride who sadly died on 25th September 2022.