,,,,,,,,,,,,,and boot boy Ahern presented them. Good man Dermot
These brave men and women give up their time to help others in very difficult circumstances," he said."They epitomise all that is great with this country -- a spirit of helping others in often tragic circumstances and bringing finality to families who are in distress over the loss of a loved one."As a society we owe them a great debt of gratitude and, on behalf of the Government, I am delighted to present them with these richly deserved awards."
.....but he forgot to add that they can pay for their own awards
Rescue helpers pay for own long-service medals - National News, Frontpage - Herald.ie