It’s of­fi­cial – Jim is a hero!

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - BY ES­THER HAY­DEN

An En­nis­cor­thy man who saved a man’s life ear­lier this year has been named a Hid­den Hear­ing Hero at an awards cer­e­mony in Dublin yes­ter­day (Mon­day).

Jim Ja­cob, a na­tive of Mill Park Road and now liv­ing in Belle­field, was one of 20 hid­den he­roes who were recog­nised for or­di­nary and ex­tra­or­di­nary acts of kind­ness, com­mu­nity, and de­ter­mi­na­tion that make a dif­fer­ence in Ir­ish so­ci­ety.

In July this year, Jim Ja­cob saved a man’s life by jump­ing into the River Slaney and pulling him to safety. The brave En­nis­cor­thy man gave no thought to his own life, as he took off his shoes and, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, jumped in to the cold, fast flow­ing river to res­cue the other man.

Af­ter res­cu­ing the man Jim didn’t want to be hailed a hero and said he was glad he had been pass­ing when the man got into dif­fi­culty.

`The am­bu­lance was there and ev­ery­thing and once I knew he was go­ing to be okay, I just got back in the van and got out of there. I’m al­right and he’s al­right and that’s the main thing. It was strange the way it worked out that I just hap­pened to be pass­ing at that time, but I’m just glad every­one is okay.’

Pre­sent­ing the na­tional award, Stephen Leddy, Hid­den Hear­ing’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, said that peo­ple like Jim Ja­cob are to be cel­e­brated for their im­mense and self­less acts.

‘Our En­nis­cor­thy win­ner is not just brave, but he also dis­played car­ing and com­pas­sion when he came upon some­body else in dif­fi­culty. He did not hes­i­tate to help, and risked his own life in do­ing so.’

Other win­ners in the 2017 Hid­den Hear­ing He­roes Awards in­cluded Cork mother Vera Twomey, who cam­paigned for cannabis-based treat­ment for her daugh­ter Ava, who suf­fers from a se­vere form of epilepsy.

82 year old Joe MacAvin from Killiney in County Dublin, who is a co-founder of the 3Ts sui­cide pre­ven­tion char­ity, was also hon­oured at the He­roes award cer­e­mony.

pen to young and old peo­ple from all walks of life, the Hid­den Hear­ing Hero Awards has been run since 2011, and in­vites nom­i­na­tions from mem­bers of the public in a num­ber of cat­e­gories.

The awards scheme is sup­ported by Hid­den Hear­ing, but nom­i­nees are not nec­es­sar­ily deaf or hard of hear­ing.

Broad­caster Mary Kennedy was MC at the glit­ter­ing awards pre­sen­ta­tion in the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Dublin.

Celebri­ties and me­dia per­son­al­i­ties on hand to con­grat­u­late the 2017 Hid­den Hear­ing He­roes in­cluded Ais­ling O’Lough­lin, Lor­raine Keane, Nuala Carey, Alan Hughes, Karl Brod­er­ick, sports star Tony Ward, chef Kevin Dun­don, singer Me­lanie Mc­Cabe and ac­tors Maclean Burke, Tony Tormey and Clau­dia Car­roll.

Jim Ja­cob.

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