Thursday 20 June, 2019

PHOTOS: Fire Officers go beyond the call of duty

They do not just fight fires and rescue people from wells and accidents, but they care about those who are less fortunate, those that are in need and cannot help themselves.

This was evident on Friday, as selfless officers from the Barbados Fire Service's St John Fire Station delivered hampers to families in their response district.

Leading Fire Officer Carol Bishop said that this activity can become an annual one if more people come on board to assist them with items:

“This is the third community project we are undertaking and we intend to continue to do our part to help those who need assistance in society."

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Adding that at least 18 of the 20 recipients were identified by the Welfare Department, he thanked the organisation for providing the information and for collaborating with them so they can find persons who will make good use of the items.

Fire Victim Corey Whitehall of Messiah Street, St John, was one of the recipients - he and his entire family were displaced by a fire this year. 

In receiving the hamper, he expressed thanks to officers at the station who he noted always checked in and offer their help in whatever way they can.

“Losing our home was not easy, but I am happy that we all have life and although it is hard, we are trying to get back on our feet,” he said before receiving a fire alarm from Chief Fire Officer Errol Maynard, who also was part of the team that travelled to deliver the hampers.

In St Joseph Dion Bradshaw, a mother of five children - boys and girls - was overwhelmed when the presentation was made. Her children too were all smiles as they received books from the officers.

Ms Bradshaw noted that her children ages, five to 11, all know that she works hard to provide for them and that they understand her situation. But she says despite her challenges she will not give up and she will continue to thank “people who are strangers and friends who help me from time to time.”

Fire Officers go above and beyond the call of duty

The team departed the station close to 10 am that morning to make the deliveries in St George, St Joseph, St Phillip and St John.

A special presentation was made to former station Officer Gregory Hutson, who has served the fire service since 1979 and is now retired.

”I am so pleased to see some of the men that I was in charge of and those I worked with still here and doing worthy deeds, I hope that they will be applauded for this.

"This gift from you means so much... it means I am not forgotten,” a happy but emotional Hutson said as he received the presentation from Fire Chief Maynard.

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