Wexford's Caitline honoured with citation
CAITLIN O'Grady, the 16-year-old daughter of David O'Grady, the Officer in Charge of Wexford Order of Malta, has been honoured with a citation for her actions in helping an injured cyclist.
David said the cyclist was so impressed with the actions of the the volunteer that he commended her in a letter which reached the Order of Malta headquarters in Dublin.
The Order said her actions and skills that day merited her being singled out for an award seldom given - 'a citation.'
'This award is being presented to you, in recognition of your personal commitment to the aims and objectives of our organisation and the outstanding service you have given during your membership,' says the citation
Caitlin came to the man's aid when he came off his bicycle near Wexford Railway Station on September 10.
'He suffered a head injury and Caitlin came on him, looked after him and called the ambulance,' said David.
He said the cyclist put up a Facebook appeal for information on his bicycle which he believed he had lost following the accident.
However, Caitlin was able to help reunite the bike and its owner, which is he how he came to know the name of his rescuer. The bike was in fact being looked after at Sam McCauley's.
David said that during his 43 years with the Order of Malta in Wexford he knew of only five citations awarded to local members.
'I'm extremely proud of her. I never got one,' he said.
Caitlin, who is in the 5th year at the Loreto in Wexford, has been in the Order of Malta since she was 10, the first six years as a cadet and the past few months as a fully-fledged volunteer.