Dave re­tires af­ter 22 years of ser­vice as a Bray fire fighter

Bray People - - NEWS -

Fire fighter Dave Gal­lagher was joined by past and present mem­bers of the fire ser­vice for a party to celebrate his re­tire­ment last week­end.

The cel­e­bra­tion took place at the Hiberna in Bray on Fri­day night.

Dave was a mem­ber of Bray Fire Ser­vice for al­most 22 years. As well as mem­bers from Bray, mem­bers from the other fire brigades in County Wick­low as well as Dublin Fire Bri­gade and the am­bu­lance ser­vice joined him. Some of the serv­ing mem­bers dropped in. The na­ture of their job had them on duty. They held a sep­a­rate event for him at the sta­tion af­ter train­ing the pre­vi­ous Tues­day evening. Dave thor­oughly en­joyed the night. He hadn’t seen some of the well-wish­ers in quite some time and was de­lighted to catch up with them. While he is look­ing for­ward to not be­ing on call, and be­ing free to leave the im­me­di­ate area when­ever he wishes, Dave will cer­tainly miss the work.

The Cois Sleibhe man said that while the job is con­sid­ered part-time, it took full-time com­mit­ment be­cause of be­ing on call most of the time.

‘You had to ded­i­cate your­self to the fire ser­vice, and be 100 per cent ded­i­cated,’ he said. Dave said that there was great job sat­is­fac­tion for him, and fan­tas­tic ca­ma­raderie with his col­leagues. ‘You built up very close re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple. You have to rely on each other and there’s a strong bond.’

The hard­est time for him was the blow the sad deaths of his col­leagues Brian Mur­ray and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy in Septem­ber 2007, when the two fire­men died in the line of duty at Ade­laide Vil­las. Dave was off with an in­jury at the time of the tragedy.

Dave Gal­lagher with fire ser­vice col­leagues.

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