HANOVER, Jamaica - A retired superintendent of police lost her life in a fire that destroyed her house in Bamboo Drive, Hopewell in Hanover this morning.
The deceased has been identified as 89-year-old Elana Nisbett.
The Montego Bay fire station said they received the call at around 5:15 am and units from Montego Bay and Lucea responded.
The remains of Nisbett were found during cooling down operations by firefighters.
The death of the retired officer, who has been described as a "strong black woman", sent shock waves throughout the community and the Jamaica Constabulary Force. She was once stationed at the Barnett Street Police Station in St James.
The Superintendent in charge of the Hanover Police Division, Sharon Beeput, said Nisbett was a very disciplined and hardworking woman. She was also said to be jovial and easy to get along with.
Beeput said the news of Nisbett's death has hit her hard as it was just recently that she came across her mind but did not get the chance to visit her.
"Only to wake up this morning and somebody tell you say her house caught fire and she perished. Oh my God," expressed Superintendent Beeput.
The death of Nisbett follows that of 62-year-old retired police Ralph Medley who was suspected of committing suicide in St James on Friday.
Superintendent Beeput has expressed concern surrounding what is taking place with retired members of the JCF in recent times.
– Anthony Lewis