On the previous Monday, Constable McGrath of Limerick displayed remarkable bravery as he successfully halted a runaway horse in a bustling thoroughfare. Had it not been for his courageous actions, there would undoubtedly have been loss of life. The driver of the horse, Mr Hogan, a renowned trainer, exhibited extraordinary composure throughout the ordeal. Despite the horse managing to free itself from its blinkers and the reins slipping back onto its neck, Mr Hogan remained steadfast in his position until the constable freed him from this perilous situation.
The incident took place in a crowded street, where chaos could easily have ensued. However, Constable McGrath fearlessly intervened, swiftly assessing the danger and taking decisive action. His quick thinking and bravery prevented what could have been a disastrous outcome.
Mr Hogan’s calmness in the face of such a terrifying situation is commendable. Even with the horse uncontrollable and the reins out of his control, he remained composed and maintained his position on the carriage until Constable McGrath came to his aid.
The successful intervention by Constable McGrath highlights the importance of our dedicated law enforcement officers who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the community. Their courage and quick response in emergencies ensure the safety and well-being of the public.
The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of working with animals and the potential risks involved. It also showcases the resilience and resourcefulness of both the constable and Mr Hogan, who demonstrated remarkable fortitude in the face of a dangerous situation.
This episode will undoubtedly be remembered as a testament to the bravery and commitment of Constable McGrath, who, through his actions, saved lives and prevented a potentially disastrous incident from occurring in the heart of Limerick.
Constabulary Gazette (Dublin) – Saturday 19 September 1903