Garda Smyth is stationed in Clane
Garda Shane Smyth of Clane Garda Station was awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery over the weekend.
Shortly after midnight on the 7th of September 2019, Garda Smyth and Garda Padraig Marum arrived at the scene of a high speed car crash, near Kill East.
The car had crashed into a large stone wall and was on fire.
As the car was pinned in between trees, the driver was trapped inside.
Both Gardaí ran to the burning car as the driver was shouting for help but were unable to open the driver’s door which was pinned closed by the tree.
Garda Smyth broke the driver’s window to get into the car so that they could pull out the driver but couldn’t get to him.
The Gardaí then ran to the passenger's side of the car and crawled in between the stone wall and the burning car to rescue the driver.
Having freed him, they crawled back out, dragging him to a safe distance behind a Garda Van.
Minutes later the car exploded.
For their actions both Garda Shane Smyth and Garda Padraig Marum were each awarded a Silver Medal and Certificate of Bravery.