'Wexford' garda hero went above and beyond the call of duty
A Garda with strong Wexford connections has has been honoured for his bravery in tackling armed raiders outside a credit union.
Garda Michael Bolton, who was unarmed, took on the raiders outside Portmarnock Credit Union in Dublin. The shocking incident unfolded when he came upon the two men who were fleeing the credit union with stolen cash.
'It was very brave. He could have been shot, but thank God nobody was injured,' said his uncle David Power.
On Thursday July 23, Michael was honoured for his actions when he received the Scott Medal for Bravery in a ceremony at Templemore attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, members of his extended family, government ministers and senior officials.
Michael, who had been on bicycle patrol, confronted the gunmen at the scene before been forced to dive for cover as the pair fired off rounds from a handgun before hijacking a car. Michael, a third generation member of the gardai, is the son of Helen Power Bolton, formerly of Sunnyside, Broadway and the late Detective Sergeant Michael Bolton, and a grandson of the late Garda Sergeant John Power, also from Sunnyside, Broadway. Garda Representative Association President John Parker, at the time paid tribute to Michael, who is based at Malahide station.
'This officer acted in a manner that I think the public would rightly view as being above and beyond the call of duty,' he said. His comments were echoed by the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner.
Michael's actions resulted in the hijacked car being recovered later, as well as the stolen cash and a hand gun. Both raiders were later arrested and brought before the courts. Before joining the gardai, Michael was employed by Revenue Commissioners, in Limerick and by Revenue Customs & Excise at Rosslare Harbour.