Security officers awarded for life-saving actions at Dublin Port

April 7, 2021

Two Manguard Plus security officers have been presented with ‘Heroism Awards’ by the company after their quick actions prevented a potential tragedy at Dublin Port.

Anatoliy Ivanov and Ken Carter were on duty at the Port when a man, who appeared to be very distressed, was spotted at the pier edge. Following attempts to talk the gentleman away from the edge, Anatoliy physically restrained him. Ken Carter, who was on duty in the Control Room, promptly alerted emergency services who dealt with the distressed gentleman and provided additional care.

“I would like to thank Manguard Plus for inviting me to present the awards, it was an honour,” Thomas Kavanagh, Security Manager with the Dublin Port Company said at the presentation. “Without doubt, if Anatoliy and Ken had not acted so swiftly and professionally during the incident, we would have had a fatality. I also want to voice appreciation from the Dublin Port Company for the huge work Manguard Plus have put in with the security contract.”

“I knew that Manguard Plus and ourselves would be a good fit, but I actually didn’t realise how good it would be,” Kavanagh continued. “My eyes were opened to the value of having a security company that trusted their onsite supervisors to carry out the daily functions, but yet have the infrastructure to step in when a hands-on approach is required. I know we are in trying and difficult times, but somehow the security team keep coming up with the goods. From training, to assisting with the recent varied operations, I just want to pass on my thanks to Sean Hall and his wonderful team at Manguard Plus.”

Leo Harris, Chief Operating Officer with Manguard Plus, added: “It’s great to be able to present these awards today. I want to pass on my personal thanks to Anatoliy and Ken for a job well done, and hope that the gentleman involved is receiving the help and support he needs. I am delighted that the team in Dublin Port are doing so well and it is testament to them, the training and support we have provided, as well as the learning environment in Dublin Port, that has allowed our team develop within that this potential tragedy was avoided.

“We look forward to working with the Dublin Port team to develop our colleagues further and I want to thank Thomas Kavanagh and Mark Nathan from the Port for continuing to support us on this prestigious contract.”

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