Fallen Heroes remembered…
The relatives of policemen killed in the line of duty were yesterday reminded that the entire Guyana continues to share their loss.
The occasion was the annual wreath laying ceremony for the fallen heroes of the Guyana Police Force, which was held yesterday at Eve Leary.
The event coincides with the 173rd anniversary of the Force.
In a word of comfort to those in attendance at the ceremony especially those who lost their dear ones, Assistant Commissioner Derrick Josiah quoted from Second Timothy: Chapter One: Verse Three of the Holy Bible, which speaks about the parting of two friends Paul and Timothy.
He pointed out that parting is never easy, especially when the separation is permanent.
“For those of you who have lost your loved ones, we know that you are still grieving, for it is the separation and the loss that you find difficult,” Josiah said.
“Let it be known today that we share your grief and our prayers are still with you,” he added.
While the list of Fallen Heroes contained ranks, who were killed decades ago, most of it comprises ranks who were killed during the dreaded crime wave following the escape of five dangerous criminals from the Camp Street Prison in 2002.
The escape precipitated a crime wave that saw the wanton loss of lives mainly on the East Coast of Demerara where several ranks were slaughtered.
The fallen heroes also consisted of ranks killed during the Rupununi Uprising, those killed during the massacre at Bartica as well as the two ranks, who were gunned down when a mentally challenged ex-policemen went berserk in the Brickdam Police Station compound.
Assistant Commissioner Josiah comforted the grieving relatives by reminding them of the word of God to wit “weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.”
“I wish to encourage that we trust in him for your morning will soon come. The loss you suffered is also a loss to the Force and the country as a whole,” Josiah said.
He pointed out that for many who were there yesterday, the ranks who were killed may have been a source of inspiration to the family when they were alive. They may have been the sole breadwinner for some, while others may have felt a sense of security when they were around.
Therefore, Josiah said, the passing of these ranks would have definitely changed the course of many lives.
“I humbly submit to you that all is not lost. Hold on to the promises of God…he is just a prayer away, ” Josiah said.
Apart from relatives of the deceased ranks, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and heads of the Guyana Fire and Prison Services joined former Police Commissioners Laurie Lewis and Floyd McDonald at the ceremony.
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