The Irish Times, 21 November 1914
At the Ballina, Co. Mayo, Pety [sic] Sessions on Tuesday of last week, before Messrs. James Ahearn, J.P. (in the chair), and T. A. Walsh, an interesting function took place, when Sergeant Bernard O'Reilly and Constable Francis O'Mara were presented with silver medals from the Protection of Life and Fire Association in recognition of gallantry in saving life at a recent fire which resulted in the demoltion of Mr. James Murphy's premises in Bridge street, Ballina. District Inspector Sheehy explained the circumstances in which the rescues were effected, and said that on the 13th June a fire broke out in Mr. Murphy's premises. Sergeant O'Reilly and Constable O'Mara went to the front door and broke it in, and found the stairs in flames. They then procured a ladder and climbed on to a shed, and from there got to the upper storey, where the inmates were, and by means of a rope made of sheets rescue eighteen persons from the premises. The Chairman, in presenting the medals, said he was proud to be in a position to do so. They were all proud of the men, and so, he was sure, were also the public.
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