A busman who stopped a man taking his own life in Strabane last month has been hailed a hero by union colleagues.
But Ronan Ward said he just hopes the man is now getting the help he deserves and that publicity surrounding the incident encourages more people suffering from depression to reach out for help.
The Blighs Lane man stopped the bus he was driving early on January 7 to help restrain the man, who was on the verge of jumping into the icy waters of the Mourne.
It’s now emerged that at the last quarterly meeting of his trade union Unite’s National Executive colleagues moved to recognise Mr. Ward’s extraordinary intervention.
Unite’s Irish Chair Liam Gallagher said: “Colleagues of Ronan in transport basically felt that it was appropriate that they recognise what we considered to be a very, very brave action. It was an unselfish action and it was typical of the man …
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