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Thomas Stephen Walsh (10 January 1925 18 May 2003) was a senior Irish police officer (Garda Inspector 9369F) who received the Scott Medal.

Republic of Ireland Ireland, a country in north-western Europe, occupying 5/6 of the island of Ireland; succeeded the Irish Free State (1937)

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The Walter Scott Medal for Valor is a medal awarded for acts of bravery by An Garda Síochána. It is not a State award, being in the gift of the Commissioner.

Walsh was born near Castlebar, County Mayo, becoming a member of the Garda Síochána on 6 June 1944.

Castlebar Town in Connacht, Ireland

Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland.

County Mayo County in the Republic of Ireland

County Mayo is a county in Ireland. In the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht, it is named after the village of Mayo, now generally known as Mayo Abbey. Mayo County Council is the local authority. The population was 130,507 at the 2016 census. The boundaries of the county, which was formed in 1585, reflect the Mac William Íochtar lordship at that time.

Garda Síochána police service of Ireland

An Garda Síochána, more commonly referred to as the Gardaí or "the Guards", is the police service of the Republic of Ireland. The service is headed by the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Irish Government. Its headquarters are in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

On 14 December 1972, he and Detective Sergeant Myles Hawkshaw were members of a party to carry out a search for firearms at a farm near Dundalk. They encountered four men, three of whom ran off; however, the fourth, armed and wearing bandoliers, aimed at the unarmed Guards. Walsh and Hawkshaw wrestled him to the ground; the gun was found to be fully loaded and ready to fire. A search uncovered three rifles and two bandoliers in a shed.

Dundalk Town in Leinster, Ireland

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Both men were awarded the Scott Medal at Templemore in November 1973. Walsh was later promoted to Superintendent, served in the Donegal division, and retired on 17 January 1985.

Superintendent (Supt), often shortened to "super", is a rank in British police services and in most English-speaking Commonwealth nations. In many Commonwealth countries, the full version is superintendent of police (SP). The rank is also used in most British Overseas Territories and in many former British Colonies. In some countries, such as Italy, the rank of Superintendent is a low rank.

Donegal Town in Ulster, Ireland

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