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Second Annual First Responders Awards

By Irish Echo Staff

The Irish Echo’s Second Annual First Responders Awards will take place Friday, November 13, at Rosie O’Grady’s Manhattan Club in New York City.

Last year’s inaugural event was the first time that the Echo paid formal tribute to the men and women who have, over the years, played such a vital role, not only in serving their communities, but in adding chapter after honorable chapter to the story of the Irish in America.

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The awards honor all who serve in the front line of Fire and EMS departments around the nation.

Award winners are drawn from Firefighters and EMS personnel who work in every state, and who are nominated by their colleagues and/or family members.

The award winners for a given year are drawn from the list of nominees.

If a nominee is not chosen for an award in a particular year, he or she can be nominated again the following year.

Among this year’s honorees are firefighters and paramedics from as far afield as Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Arizona - so this is truly a national event.

This year’s honorees include twin sisters Christine and Victoria Loughran from New Jersey, also from the Garden State, the three Fahy brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Michael and a brother and sister, firefighters both.

As such, the gathering will also be a celebration of the great tradition of families, and succeeding generations in families, stepping up as our nation’s first responders.

A special addition to this year’s award night will be provided by Guinness.

The famed brewing company will have staff on hand to distribute engraved glasses to attendees, and there will also be a special bar offering traditional draft Guinness as well as the relatively new Guinness Blonde American Lager and very new Guinness Nitro IPA.

And with Christmas not too far away, attendees will have an opportunity of receiving an ornamental miniature Christmas tree, the work of artist Sarah Von Bargen (

Sarah is donating twenty trees which will, in groups of five, have different themes: Firefighters, EMS, Angels and Ireland.

Tickets to the awards night at Rosie O’Grady’s in the heart of Manhattan are $125 per person.

Sponsorship and advertising packages are still available for what is an awards event honoring service, courage and tradition.

For more details contact Tracey Quilligan at, or (212)482-4818.