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Dog walker hails 'heroes' after three gardai, grandad and grandson save her life

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Garda Brendan Crawford, Garda Ciaran Murray and Garda Ciara Galvin from Clondalkin Garda station who recieved award's of commendation with distinction for excellent Police work after rescuing Ann Lam and her dog Millie from the river Camac in Dublin.

Garda Brendan Crawford, Garda Ciaran Murray and Garda Ciara Galvin from Clondalkin Garda station who recieved award's of commendation with distinction for excellent Police work after rescuing Ann Lam and her dog Millie from the river Camac in Dublin.

Evan Fleming and his grandad Alan Fleming who recieved award's from An Garda Siochana after he helped gardai rescue Ann Lam and her dog Millie

Evan Fleming and his grandad Alan Fleming who recieved award's from An Garda Siochana after he helped gardai rescue Ann Lam and her dog Millie

Garda Brendan Crawford, Garda Ciaran Murray and Garda Ciara Galvin from Clondalkin Garda station with Ann Lam and her dog Millie

Garda Brendan Crawford, Garda Ciaran Murray and Garda Ciara Galvin from Clondalkin Garda station with Ann Lam and her dog Millie

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Garda Brendan Crawford, Garda Ciaran Murray and Garda Ciara Galvin from Clondalkin Garda station who recieved award's of commendation with distinction for excellent Police work after rescuing Ann Lam and her dog Millie from the river Camac in Dublin.

Three gardai have been given a special honour for going beyond the call of duty to save a woman's life after she fell into a river earlier this week.

Gardai Ciaran Murray, Ciara Galvin and Brendan Crawford were presented with certificates for rescuing Ann Lam (55) and her dog Millie from the River Camac in Knockmitten Park, Clondalkin, last Wednesday.

The brave officers were commended alongside local Alan Fleming and his grandson Evan (4), who raised the alarm with gardai after they spotted Ms Lam in the water.

Bravery

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy, who presented the officers with their certificates, said their actions are an example of the bravery gardai across the country show every day.

"It makes me very proud as a police manager when you see people of this calibre in An Garda Siochana," he said.

Mr Fleming (59) and Evan were given a certificate for exceptional civic duty after making the phone call that alerted gardai to the incident and to acknowledge the role they played in saving Ms Lam's life.

Mr Fleming, who served in the Army for 33 years, said he was not expecting an award.

"I thought no more about it until I got a call from the guards to say the woman wanted to thank me," he said.

"The guards said this might have ended badly if I didn't make the phone call."

Mr Fleming said he was out for a walk with his grandson when the terrifying ordeal unfolded.

He had stopped to take pictures of an overflown River Camac when he spotted Ms Lam being pulled into the river by her dog.

"I turned to my grandson and I said, 'There's a woman there and getting pulled by her dog.' Then I looked around and she was gone, so I said I better go over because it didn't look right," he said.

"It was in a particular area where the water was very severe. I looked up along the pathway and I couldn't see her. She was gone in the water.

"I got to a bit of a vantage spot where I could actually see down through the tunnel and I caught a glimpse of something moving in the tunnel and I thought 'that's her'. I was with my grandchild so I couldn't get in myself because he'd probably follow me in.

"I thought the best thing to do was to ring the guards straight away."

Evan kept an eye out for gardai while Mr Fleming told Ms Lam that help was on the way.

"My grandson called out that they were there. He was waving at them to tell them where we were. The guards couldn't hear or see her, but I could direct them to where she was," he said.

Two gardai then pulled Ms Lam out of the water while a third helped calm her down.

Ms Lam said if it wasn't for Mr Fleming, Evan and the gardai she doesn't know if she would have survived.

"Millie slipped and fell into the river. The waves were quite strong. Somehow I managed to hold on to Millie against a wall," she said.

"At that stage I was beginning to feel really tired. If the guards hadn't come when they did I don't know what would have happened."

Gda Murray and Gda Crawford managed to safely retrieve Ms Lam from the choppy waters with the use of some rope.

She declared the three gardai, Mr Fleming and Evan were her "heroes".