AFTER three years at the helm of the biggest Garda district in the country, Superintendent Tom Lundon of Bruff Garda Station is to be transferred to Garda Headquarters in Dublin.
And while there have been fears locally that the vacant position of superintendent in Bruff may not be filled due to cutbacks, according to the Garda Press Office “there are no proposed changes to either garda management or garda stations in the Bruff District.”
During his tenure at Bruff Garda Station, Superintendent Lundon has been responsible for 36 officers including sergeants and guards. He paid tribute this week to his fellow staff and the community of east Limerick for the “respect” and “courtesy” shown to him during his administration.
“I love it here and that’s genuine. I have really enjoyed my time here. It’s going to be hard for me to leave,” Supt Lundon told the Limerick Leader this week.
“The respect and the courtesy that people give you when you go to places through work is humbling. People are very courteous and very welcoming. The people of east Limerick are very pro-gardai, they want to help you and they want the guard in their community and we are very lucky to have managed to keep that at the moment. There are a lot of districts in the country where you mightn’t have a guard in the station and we still have guards attached full-time to every station,” he continued.
A native of Kilsheelan in County Tipperary, Supt Lundon had his passing out ceremony in Templemore in 1982 and was subsequently stationed at Store Street in Dublin. His grandfather, Thomas Lundon, who was born in Herbertstown was a garda before him.
While stationed in Store Street, Supt Lundon was part of the first garda contingent ever to go overseas to Namibia. He has also served in Angola and Mozambique before taking up the office of sergeant in Dundrum, Dublin on his return to Ireland.
He was subsequently promoted to the office of inspector in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, where he served before taking up the position of superintendent in Bruff.