The Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Network (IPERN) has launched an award in memory of the pilot of Rescue 117 helicopter, which crashed off the Mayo coast in 2017.

The inaugural Dara Fitzpatrick Award is open to all women who work within Ireland’s pre-hospital community, with the award to be presented on International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2023).

During her trailblazing career, Dara flew over 800 missions with the Irish Coast Guard. Tragically in March 2017 during a rescue mission, Captain Fitzpatrick and her three crew members – Captain Mark Duffy and winch operators Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby – lost their lives off the North Mayo coast.

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