Three Wexford RNLI volunteers honoured
Three Wexford RNLI volunteers were honoured at the weekend at the RNLI annual presentation of awards.
A total of 55 awards were presented to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country.
Guest of honour at the ceremony was Leesa Harwood, RNLI Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising. Also present was David Delamer, Chairperson of the RNLI Council in Ireland who welcomed the volunteers and their supporters to the ceremony. RNLI Irish Council members Terence Johnson and Peter Killen were also in attendance and the citations for each awardee were read by Emma Gibson RNLI Area Manager and Owen Medland RNLI Divisional Operations Manager for Ireland central.
In her address to the guests Ms Harwood said that the awards were a 'celebration of the difference that the volunteers and supporters had all made to the lives of others'.
'Our charity made an extraordinary difference in 2014. I am very proud to tell you that last year, together, we saved 460 lives. At this awards we celebrate not just those whose lives we saved, but the people who made this incredible number possible. We celebrate remarkable fundraising feats and decades of lifesaving service given by volunteers and we say thank you.'
Sean Radford Kilmore Quay Station Branch received a Gold Badge. Sean has been involved with Kilmore Quay lifeboat station since 1993. During that time he has served as Deputy Launching Authority and as Lifeboat Operations Manager until 2014 before returning to the role of Deputy Launching Authority.
Sean continues to provide excellent service to Kilmore Quay lifeboat station and to support the current Lifeboat Operations Manager in all aspects of running this busy station. During his service Sean has overseen changes of class of boat from Mersey to Tyne and more recently the Tamar class lifeboat. Sean's award was collected on his behalf by his wife Lucy.
Sam Kennedy from Courtown Station Branch received a Gold Badge. Sam is Mr. Courtown Lifeboat. Since the establishment of the station as an RNLI declared resource in 1990 Sam has been an ever present face to the public, staff and most importantly to Sam, the lifeboat crew. Serving this inshore station initially as lifeboat crew, Sam was appointed as Station Honorary Secretary in 2003 having retired from the crew. Adopting the new title of Lifeboat Operations Manager when it was introduced Sam has continued to be every present at any time of day or night for the launch of the lifeboat.
Leo Coy from Rosslare Branch received a Silver Badge. Leo is the driving force in the Rosslare fundraising branch. He leads by example and takes on willingly any task that is asked of him to raise the profile of the Rosslare lifeboat and will seek out other ways of fundraising in the area. He is an integral part of the branch by managing collection boxes, organising the flag day and ordering stock to sell at events.