Clonmel garda dragged along road by getaway car



A Clonmel garda who was injured after being dragged along the road by a getway car after preventing an attempted burglary has been praised for his bravery.

The garda, who was also involved in a dramatic river rescue in a flooded River Suir some years ago, tried to stop raiders from driving away after they had atttempted to break into a house at Davis Road, Clonmel last Thursday morning.

Gda John Foote was injured when he got stuck between the car door and the main body of the car and was dragged a short distance by the car as the men made their escape. He suffered arm injuries in the incident and was treated at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Gda Foote and a colleague, Gda Lorraine Hogan, were on routine patrol duty when they observed two men attempting to use a crowbar to force open the window of an unoccupied house. The owner was out shoppping at the time.

The two raiders ran from the scene and Gda Foote intervened to try and stop them making a getaway in a Nissan Almera, with a registration number starting with 04-D.

A garda spokesperson said Gda Foote and Gda Hogan did an excellent job on the occasion and there was no doubt that not only did they prevent a break in at the house but also prevented a series of burglaries from happening in the area as a result of their actions.

Five years ago Gda Foote was involved in another dramatic incident when on patrol with another garda. Their quick actions saved the life of a man caught in raging flood waters at the Convent Bridge. They alerted the army and a successful joint rescue operation was carried out.

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