FALLEN HEROES

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– Police honour comrades killed in the line of duty
THE Guyana Police Force (GPF) yesterday honoured 56 ranks who died in the line of duty at its 172nd Anniversary Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Monument of Fallen Heroes, Police Officers’ Mess compound, Eve Leary, Georgetown.
Relatives and family members of the slain ranks gathered at the Monument site early yesterday morning to lay wreaths in their memory.

The ceremony got started with the arrival of Commissioner of Police Mr. Henry Greene, and Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Clement Rohee.

The ceremony was then followed by the Lat Post (two minutes silence), 21- gun salute, the Reveille and the laying of wreaths at the monument.

The Top Cop and the Home Affairs Minister, as well as Senior Police Officers from all Divisions and branches of the Guyana Police Force laid wreaths for the fallen ranks.

Prayers in Hindu, Muslim and Christian rites were said with the ‘Words of Comfort’ being read by Commander of ‘C’ Division Mr. Jerrick Josiah, who also read several scriptures from the Bible, which was followed by a hymn: “I vow to thee my country” by the Joint Services Choir.

The 56 ranks remembered were killed in the line of duty from 1913 to 2010. In his opening remarks, Assistant Commissioner of Police ‘Administration’ Mr. Leroy Brummel said the ranks were all killed in the line of duty and the day was dedicated in their memory.

Those ‘fallen heroes’ remembered yesterday are:

**     Cpl. 1546 James Ramsay – who died in 1913, killed at Plantation Rosehall Canje, Berbice by     armed strikers.

**    Cpl. 3485 Ferdinand Mitchell – killed in 1927 when he was ambushed and shot dead on Tarlogie, Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.
**    Const. 5527 Claude Allen – 1957, shot at Field 10 aback of Reliance Canje, Berbice, while escorting payroll.

**Const. 5062 Leslie Hannibal – 1958, cold-bloodedly hacked to death by notorious criminal Edward Lashley in Georgetown.

**    Cpl. 4683 Edgar Benn – 1959, shot by notorious criminal Clement Cuffy at Naamryck, East Bank Essequibo.

** Const. 4733 Henry Chester – 1959,   shot by notorious criminal Clement Cuffy at Naamryck, East Bank Essequibo.

** Sgt. 5065 Clarence Bacchus -1961, shot while investigating a report of burglary in Albouystown, Georgetown.

** Supt. Deryck McLeod – 1962, shot by an unidentified sniper in Robb Street, Georgetown during ‘Black Friday Riots’.

**    Insp. 4412 Whittington Braithwaite – 1969, attacked and killed by the Harts and Melvilles at Lethem Police Station during an insurrection.

**    Sgt. 4590 James Anderson

**     Const. 5611 James McKenzie

** Const. 5691 William Norton

** Const. 7178 Kendall Michael

** Const. 8905 Michael Robinson 1973 – attacked, beaten and thrown into a canal where he drowned, while on duty at Canal # 2, West Bank Demerara.

** Const. 8898 Kennard Nicholson – 1973 Stabbed at Enmore Police Outpost, East Coast Demerara by Abdool Sammy.

**    Const. 7137 Bhagwan Persaud 1974 – Died after being struck down by a car at a road block on Beterverwagting Public Road, East Coast Demerara.

**     Const. 8646 James Henry – 1974 – Shot at Number 62 Toll Station, Berbice.

**    Const. 9002 Audie Bourne- 1974 – shot in Station Street, Kitty, while responding to a 999 call.

**     Cpl. 8250 Gavin King – 1978 – shot in Albouystown, while investigating a report of robbery.
**     Const. 0407 – John Shepherd – 1979 – Shot in Laing Avenue, Georgetown by wanted criminal, Simon Mc Phoy.

**    Const. 10510 Lakhram Sukdeo, 1980 – stabbed while on duty at GEC, Sub Station, David and Sheriff Streets, Kitty.

**    Const. 8818 John Toney – 1981 – shot and burnt at Mora Point Police Outpost.
**    Const. 16418 Adrian Williams – 1996 – shot while attending to a report at West La Penitence, Georgetown.

**    Sgt. 11117 Richard Faikall 1997 – Shot by bandits, who had robbed the GNCB, Anna Regina, Essequibo.

**    Const. 16138 Allan Higgins 2000 – Shot by notorious criminal, Hilton Rodrigues at Cromarty, Corentyne, Berbice.

**    Const. 17650 Eloye Adridge 2001 – Shot at Sparendaam Police Station, East Coast Demerara by Colin Hooper.
** Supt. Leon Fraser – 2002 – Ambushed and shot dead at Yarrowkabra, Linden/Soesdyke Highway by wanted criminals.
** Sgt. 12361 Harry Kooseram 2002 – Shot while on his way to work by a criminal on Strathspey Public Road, East Coast Demerara.
** Const. 18521 Sherwin Allen 2002 – Ambushed and shot at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara by criminals.
** R/Const. 18521 Andrew Atwell 2002 – Attacked by notorious criminals while on duty at Alberttown Police Station.
** Const. 15751 Rawle Thomas 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals at Wismar, Linden.
** L/Cpl. 16987 Adrian London 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals at Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge, while on his way from work.
** Const. 11405 Outar Kissoon 2002 – Attacked and killed by criminals at Rose Hall Police Outpost, Berbice.
** Const. 15636 Ramphal Pardat.
** Const. 18271 Feroze Bashir 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals at Buxton, East Coast Demerara.
** Ch. Insp. Leyland October, 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals at Russell and Sussex Sts. Charlestown, while on his way home.
** Const. 19219 Quincy James 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals while on traffic duty on Regent Street.
** Const. 16840 Colin Robertson 2002 – Shot and killed by criminals at Sophia, while on his way to work.
** Const. Mark Latour 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals at Arapaima Restaurant, Main and Quamina Streets.
** Const. 14500 Rayon Roberts 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals on Bent Street.
* Const. 17657 Mark Yaw 2001 – Shot and killed by criminals, in a mini bus while on his way to work at Croal Street.
** Const. 18043 Nankumar Mohabir 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals while on patrol duty at Friendship Public Road, East Coast Demerara.
** Const. 18043 Deon Joseph 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals at ‘B’ Field Sophia, while on his way to work.
** Const. 18411 Ronald Abel 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals at Buxton.
** Sgt. 0612 Walton Brumell 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals in a minibus at Buxton, while on his way to work.
** Const. 19210 Suresh Dhaniram 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals in a minibus at Buxton.
** Const. 18102 Lloyd Cameron 2003 – Shot and killed by criminals at Sophia while on his way to work.
** Asst. Supt. Richard Griffith 2004 – Shot and killed by ex-policeman, Solomon Blackman whilst performing duty at Traffic and Enquiries offices, Brickdam Police Station.
** L/Cpl. 14177 – Ramnarine Latchana.
** Const. 19156 Omani Savory 2004 – Shot and killed by criminals at Buxton.
** S/Const. 13321 Kwesi Lawrence 2006 – Shot and killed whilst on a Joint Services Operation at Victoria, East Coast Demerara.
** L/Cpl. 18632 Zaheer Zakier 2008 – Shot and killed when Bartica Police Station was overran by armed bandits.
** Const. 16906 Shane Fredericks.
** Const. 19886 Ron Osborne.
** Const. 18682 Oslyn Glasgow 2008 – Shot and killed by bandits at Wellington Park Foreshore, Corentyne, Berbice.
** Const. 20740 Baldat Becramsingh 2010 – Shot and killed by bandits at Lamaha Springs, La Penitence.