Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Trench Town hero Tremayne Brown honoured at Kings House

Tremayne Brown collects his national award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at Kings House on Monday. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Tremayne Brown collects his national award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at Kings House on Monday. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Trench Town resident, Tremayne Brown, who up to earlier this year was like any other young man on the corners of his inner-city community, having been deported from the United Kingdom (UK), shot into instant stardom through a really heroic act.

Brown, 24, was doing the natural thing in trying to establish the basis to regain his footing locally through securing stable and permanent employment, when his attention was drawn from a day on and off some construction work which he was involved in at Boys’ Town Football Club in his home community.

Then came human instinct, danger and perhaps destiny all wrapped in one  potentially treacherous package, which quickly consumed Brown and has taken him all the way to Kings House for a national award from the governor general.

He met with and made direct eye contact with the local head of state, Sir Patrick Allen, during Monday’s National Honours and Awards ceremony.

Amid the many prominent Jamaicans who were on hand to receive awards, Brown, by virtue of the wide-scale publicity of a dramatic video outline of his heroics in social media, was notably one of the more highly-anticipated and acknowledged presentations.

A dapper-looking Brown in a waistcoat and tie, with matching trousers and shoes, was in stark contrast to his battered and bruised look immediately after venturing into the gushing waters in a gully running through Trench Town to save the life of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds from flood waters, was warmly acknowledged by the gathering, and proudly received by Sir Patrick.

The youngster, who was a picture of concentration during the actual presentation, received a Badge of Honour for Gallantry.

Afterwards, in an interview with state-run JIS News, Brown thanked Jamaicans for the support he has received since his heroic act.

"I just want to thank Jamaica for accepting me and everyone for helping me get here as well," Brown said.

Brown’s life transformation from virtual despair to hope and pride has included multiple presentations of gifts and approaches with employment offers, with him looking to take up one with Lasco’s promotion arm.

He has expressed a desire for stability in his life in his quest to make what he can of a second chance at seeking to realise his full potential as an individual.

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