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Honour fireman Victor Walsh for bravery amid gunfire

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 8:00 AM

I would like to make a recommendation for 2016 to the National Heroes Day Awards Committee that Victor J. Walsh be honoured posthumously with the Medal of Bravery, having served in the Jamaica Fire Brigade in the 1970s.

In the turbulent second half of the 1970s, Walsh was attached to the Trench Town Fire Station along Spanish Town Road. One day in 1976, a call was received that a fire was raging in Trench Town. When Walsh got to the scene, the firemen came under heavy gunfire from criminals who were lying in ambush. They shot up the fire truck and Walsh and the crew had to retreat.

Walsh was able to duck below the dashboard, using the door mirror of the fire truck to help make his escape. He had a crew of six other firemen.

Walsh was able to return to base with the damaged fire engine. All crewmen returned to base unscathed because of Walsh's quick thinking and bravery.

I trust that his wife will collect his award on National Heroes Day in 2016.

Walsh died on June 30, 2015, and was buried on August 4 in the Dovecot Memorial Park. This story was recounted by Headley Shaw, a fireman who was attached to the Trench Town Fire Station in 1976, in his tribute to Walsh.

JOSEPH CORNWALL SR (JP)

Managing director,

House of Tranquility Funeral Home