Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Man lauds cops' good service to elderly woman amid police 'sick-out'

One of the police officers who assisted an elderly woman on Boxing Day enters a patrol car after responding to the call for help. (PHOTO: Wayne Tai)

One of the police officers who assisted an elderly woman on Boxing Day enters a patrol car after responding to the call for help. (PHOTO: Wayne Tai)

A man who was assisted by two police officers, in helping an elderly woman in distress on Boxing Day, has hailed the law enforcement officers for their exemplary service in a heartwarming post to social media.

But it was arguably a case of disgust turn to admiration towards members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for Wayne Tai as he attempted to help the elderly woman he saw sitting, "looking distressed", on the median in the road along Norman Manley Boulevard in Kingston on Tuesday evening.

Tai, after seeing the apparently stranded senior citizen, immediately reached out to the police at their 119 emergency number. However, he was left disgusted as rank-and-file members of the JCF continued their “sick-out” on Tuesday, resulting in a lack of law enforcement officials able to respond to emergencies in Kingston.

 

 

"I called 119 and ask(ed) for Police assistance. I was told by a female on the line that they could not assist because they had a shortage of patrol cars and the Police were on a sick out . I was so upset that I hang up the phone," Tai wrote on Facebook.

But Tai wasn't disappointed for long as, soon after hanging up the phone, he saw a police service vehicle driving past and signaled to the occupants that he needed help. 

Tai said, after the police car stopped, he told the two cops occupying the vehicle that "an elderly woman was in need of help to go home", and the officers did not hesitate to help.

"Woman Constable Victorine Foster, 19073, and Constable Kevin Vassell, 16303, did their profession proud...  by going beyond the call of duty to render their assistance to the elderly lady in distress," Tai said. "That was the best Christmas gift I received. She was dirty and ragged ,but you did not scorn her; you stopped and did your job as true police officers."

Tai's post has been shared more than 1,200 times and has attracted in excess of 6,000 likes on Facebook.

Loop News understands that 477 rank-and file members of Police Area Four (Kingston Western, Kingston Eastern, Kingston Central, St Andrew Central, and St Andrew South) failed to show up for work on Boxing Day.

 

See Tai's text in full below.

Tuesday 26.12.2017 at 5.30 pm I was driving on the Norman Manley Boulevard going towards the Rockfort Power Plant when I notice an elderly woman sitting on the median in road , looking distressed. I drove pass and thinking to my self that I can't leave her like this . I made a u turn at the stop light and came back around to offer my assistant. The road way was very busy with traffic going to the airport . I guickly went across to assist her . She was very week and could not stand up on her own . All along she was trying to get up but was very weak . I called 119 and ask for Police assistant. I was told by a female on the line that they could not assist because they had a shortage of Patrol cars and the Police were on a sick out . I was so upset that I hang up the phone . God was on my side after 5 minutes I saw a Flashing Police car driving past and I wave it down and they stop . I told them that an elderly woman was in need of help to go home . Woman Con. Victorine Foster 19073 and Con Kevin Vassell 16303 did there profession proud today by going beyond the call of duty to render there assistant to the elderly Lady in distress . That was the best Christmas Gift I receive. She was dirty and ragged ,but you did not scorn her you stop and did you job as true Police officer . To serve and protect . Thanks a million woman con. Vuctorine Foster and Con. Kevin Vassell