Laois County Council applauded the efforts of the staff of Portarlington Leisure Centre who recently saved the life of a man having a heart attack in the centre.
Sean Quirke and his staff - Pam Quirke, Margaret Rose, Julie Murray, Sharon Fitzgerald and Michael Carroll received a rapturous round of appluase from the councillors when their amazing feat was read out.
Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell, who is also from Portarlington said before this there had only ever been three people in Portarlington who had saved lives. Two of those realted to a horse that bolted and the other happened in 1932 when a man dived in to the river to save a young man.
“None of those are alive today, but we are honoured to have you here today,” he told the Leisure Centre staff.
A letter from the director of the National Ambulance Service, Robert Morton said the quick thinkning of the staff had saved the man’s life.
Local councillor, Ray Cribbin described the staff’s actions as fabulous and said the round of applause was needed.
“It was a wonderful achievement, when Sean (Quirke) rang that night to tell me, I felt proud to hear such a good news story,” Cllr Tom Mulhall said.
“I feel safe going to board meetings now,” he laughed.
The centre manager, Sean Quirke thanked the council for their presentatio and recognition.
“I feel privileged and proud to have this team who train so religiously in the hope that they will never have to do it.
“On the day, they just got on with the difficult task and dealt with the emotions later.
“They should take pride, as they saved a father and a husband.
“The last I want to do as the leisure centre manager is to be giving condolences to some family,” he said.