As the emergency services remain on high alert following the spate of gorse fires which have caused widespread damage throughout the county, a Dungloe woman has called for medals to be issued to honour those involved in helping to combat the outbreaks.
Mary Ellen Berardi of Chapel Road said she had not been directly affected by the inferno but watched as others fought to protect homes and properties.
“I was very lucky but so many others weren’t. But it made me so proud to be Irish to see how many people responded in such a courageous fashion to help put out the fires and rescue property. The spirit of these people was so wonderful.
“I firmly believe that every town and village which was affected should honour each and every one of the individuals who have been involved in fighting these fires. They deserve some kind of recognition for their efforts. Perhaps they could be presented with medals at a civic reception or something like that. We certainly shouldn’t forget what they have done,” insisted the Dungloe woman.
“We should get a committee set up to put this in place.”
Ms. Berardi echoed calls for the establishment of a volunteer response unit to be run under a paid coordinator. “We have to be fully prepared for any future disasters of this nature and this is the way to go about it,” she maintained.