“MIRACLES don’t happen often but this is a miracle,” said the son of a man rescued by fire fighters at the height of the storm.
Michael Walsh of Townspark, Athy, thanked fire fighters who saved his father’s life after he went into cardiac arrest during the height of the storm on Thursday night.
The crew, who based themselves at the station for 28 hours, very quickly responded to a report of a domestic fire at the house in Townspark at around 11.30pm.
Despite having to battle through extremely difficult conditons a crew were on site within minutes of receiving the emergency call.
“Luckily Townspark is close to the station so they were there very quickly,” said assistant chief fire officer Derek Whelan.
“There was a significant house fire. A team entered the house and rescued the man from an upstairs bedroom. The fact that they were all on site at the station meant the response time was quicker.”
The 50-year-old man had gone in to cardiac arrest and a member of the crew had to perform CPR on site. An ambulance arrived to take the man to hospital and the fire service managed to get the blaze under control with the help of a unit from Stradbally fire station.
In a Facebook post Mr Walsh thanked the fire service for never giving up hope on his father. Mr Walsh thanked those involved.
“Just want to say thanks to the Athy Fire Service crew who done an unbelievable job bringing my father back last night, they just stayed at it and at it and never gave up hope, I can’t thank ye enough honestly! Only for ye he’d be no longer here! That night will live long in the memory that’s for sure! They don’t get enough credit! Thanks again from myself and the family! He’s doing well, he’s a fighter.”