Life-saving New York policeman has links to Ballinamore/Eslin

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Life-saving New York policeman has links to Ballinamore/Eslin

A New York Police Department officer, Christopher O’Neil, has been hailed a hero after saving a man's life recently.

Officer O'Neil, whose mother Josephine Higgins O'Neill is originally from Ballinamore, served two years as a Navy combat medic in Afghanistan before joining the police.

Officer O'Neil's family also has links to Eslin, just outside Mohill.

Officer O'Neil was one of the first responders on the scene of a knife incident in which a man sustained serious knife injuries.

Officer O'Neil's quick intervention saved the 36 year old victim after he was attacked on Brooklyn's Carlton Avenue.

Officer O'Neil not only provided first treatment, he helped to keep the patient calm and awake until the Emergency Services arrived.

Speaking to local press after the incident Officer O'Neil said: “It makes me feel good that I could help this man. I did my job, that’s it.”