Westmeath's Private Patrick Kelly were shot dead during the rescue operation.
The Garda Commissioner has praised the courage of 15 gardaí in the rescue operation of prominent businessman Don Tidey almost 40 years ago.
The gardaí have been awarded the Scott Medal at a ceremony in Dublin, which is the Garda's highest award for bravery.
Garda Gary Sheehan and Westmeath's Private Patrick Kelly were shot dead in the rescue operation of Don Tidey who had been abducted by the IRA.
John Sommers, the son of the late Detective Superintendent William Somers, recalls the day of the rescue operation in December 1983: