Hero guard tackled crazed knifeman in garda station

By David Tucker

Published 08/12/2015 | 17:38

Declan Dennehy
Declan Dennehy

A hero Wexford garda who received a three inch 'scratch' on his neck during a struggle to restrain a crazed knifeman last Friday at the town's garda station is shaken, but physically all right, according to a senior officer.

Garda Declan Dennehy was injured as he and Garda Barry Brennan confronted the man who pulled out a hunting knife on the two officers who had responded to a female colleague's call for assistance at the station.'I am the devil, I am going to kill you,' the knifeman is alleged to have shouted at the officers as they tried to restrain him.

As the struggle continued, the man made repeated attempts to stab Garda Brennan.

The two officers eventually subdued the attacker, who has since been returned to a psychiatric unit in Waterford.

'This is an example of the everyday challenge operational units can potentially face on any day on duty,' said the senior officer.

In 2000, Declan Dennehy received a silver medal bravery award for rescuing a man from the Slaney in Wexford, and in 2007 he received another bravery award for saving a woman from 'a near drowning incident'.

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