House fire heroes Peter and Rory win national awards

Peter and Rory O’Connor from Mallow pictured at Trinity College Dublin with their Scouting Ireland Honour Awards.

The bravery shown by nine year old twins Peter and Rory O’Connor in saving their grandmother from a house fire received national recognition last Saturday when they were presented with Scouting Ireland Honour Awards at a special ceremony at Trinity College, Dublin. On the day of the incident the boys, who are members of the 44th Mallow Cub Scouts Group, were at home with their older sister and grandmother. When the fire broke out their sister began to panic, so Peter and Rory decided it was up to them to get everyone out of the house. They immediately contacted their parents, while getting their sister and grandmother to safety. Having completed the Emergency Adventure Skill Level 1 as part of their training in Mallow Cub Scouts, both Peter and Rory displayed confidence and bravery in the face of immediate danger.
Speaking at the pres-entation of the awards last Saturday, Chief Scout Christy McCann said: “The Youth Achievement Awards acknowledge our youth members who have risen to the challenge of voluntarily committing to doing something worthwhile and life-enhancing for themselves, the environment and the community;  we are deeply encouraged by the number of recipients and the impact their efforts have had on their communities.”