Oftentimes we forget to say thanks to those who have helped us out in lean and frightening times.
Well, I am grateful and wish to express gratitude to Sargeant Taylor and the desk officer who were on duty November 16, 2022 sometime around 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Grant's Pen Police Station.
I had stumbled across a friend who appeared to have been in a mild coma. I was told that he was sleeping on the stool for about three hours. I asked if anyone tried to wake him and the response was that he was difficult to wake. I tried to revive him, but he was not responding. When I checked his pulse, it appeared to have been so low I could not feel it.
He was cold.
I cannot say I did not panic, but I was confident that the police would help because I had requested and received similar assistance for a chronically ill person from the very same station.
The police are not doctors or nurses — and unfortunately, more often than not, we hear of or see only one side of the police's function in our communities and that is in association with crime — but as soon as I spoke to the desk officer he alerted the station sargeant, who immediately gave the instructions, "Let's go!" My heart was warmed by his quick response; he knew the worth of a life and that his response was about saving a life. At that moment, the motto to serve, to reassure, and to protect unfolded its meaning.
I must also give thanks to those members of the community who rallied to assist and his friend "Country" who accompanied him to the hospital.
The gentleman was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was cared for and sometime after sent home feeling good and happy.
I felt the urgent need to share this story with the public. "Nuff respect fi di two police brethren."
My grandmother would say, your kindness will be a passport to a good life.
Louis E A Moyston