Police awarded for bravery, professionalism

From left, Superintendent Adrian Seales, Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown (CID), Detective Constable Junior Durrant (CID), Police Constable Rayon Curate (USG), Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ennis, Police Constable Peter Maragh (USG), Police Constable Brandaughn Phillips (USG), Police Sergeant Loxley Solomon (USG) and Superintendent Robert Graham. Missing from the photograph were other officers who were commended, Sergeant Charmaine Dalhouse, Constables Winston Wolliston and Constante Aydoc.

Eight Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers were recognized last week for their bravery and professionalism while performing lifesaving efforts in the line of duty.

Five officers from the Uniform Support Group were honored for their response to the scene of a shooting outside Seven Mile Shops on Oct. 1. According to an RCIPS press release, those officers were also acknowledged for the medical care they gave to the victim, Justin Manderson, 24, which kept him alive long enough to see and speak with family members before he passed away.

Other officers received recognition for administering CPR that resuscitated an elderly woman in Bodden Town.

Two detectives, Junior Durrant and Charmaine Dalhouse, were also honored for their quick actions in central George Town last year that most likely saved the life of Blake Burrell, 32, whose throat was slashed. The actions of these detectives were commended by the judge who presided over the case.

“The core duty of each and every officer is to save and protect life,” said Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ennis, who along with other senior officers presented the citations to the officers at Police Headquarters.

“Each of these officers admirably fulfilled this sacred duty and are a credit to themselves, fellow colleagues and the RCIPS,” he said.