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Lisburn soldier is honoured for his bravery

Ranger Danny Stewart

A LISBURN soldier's selfless act of bravery which undoubtedly saved the lives of a number of his comrades in Afghanistan was honoured recently when he received a special military commendation to mark his courage.

Ranger Danny Stewart of the First Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment earned the honour when he was a member of one of two groups of soldiers who came under heavy and sustained attack in the war ravaged country.

The troops faced an onslaught of gunfire, grenades and RPG rockets from more than 40 assailants.

During the engagement which lasted two hours Ranger Stewart noticed several soldiers pinned down behind an open vehicle.

He immediately moved his own vehicle into a position which provided these soldiers with cover and enabled them to take action to protect themselves.

The commendation was presented on November 20 at Fort George near Inverness by Brigadier Ed Butler. It came as quite a surprise to Ranger Stewart who knew nothing of the honour until a medal parade was held at the military base.

"It was a complete surprise but I am very happy to have been presented with it," he added.

" At the time I really just acted out of instinct."

The commendation is not the first military honour received by a member of the Stewart family.

Ranger Stewart's brother, an RIR Colour Sergeant was mentioned in dispatches following exemplary conduct in Bosnia.

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