GPF hosts 17th annual wreath-laying ceremony

first_img– monument erected to remember 5 other heroesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday hosted its 17th annual wreath-laying ceremony dedicated to the Force’s fallen heroes at the Police Officers Mess Compound, Eve Leary.A relative of one of the slain Police ranks laying a wreath at the monument on SundayAn additional monument was erected to pay homage to Police Constable Michael Forde and Sherwayne Pantlitz, who were both killed in the line of duty in 2013; Silburn Elias, who was killed in 2014; Antonio Dawson and Sergeant Leonard Junior La Rose, who was killed in 2016.Their families, friends, and colleagues remembered the brave men by laying wreaths at the monument.In his address to the gathering, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine noted that the monument was a reminder of the challenges faced in the past and those to come in the future.Ramnarine added that the Force has an important role to play – that is to provide security to the nation. The Commissioner, however, noted that Guyana has come a long way.A section of the gathering at the wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday“The monument tells us that in the last few years we have had mercies compared to the period where we had gone with the crime wave. So, we don’t want that to reoccur so we have to strive diligently with professionalism and integrity as our watchdogs to ensure that no addition is made to that monument,” the acting Top Cop stated.Ramnarine, nevertheless, applauded the work of the Fallen Heroes Foundation Incorporated, whose mission is to remember the fallen officers by providing for those they left behind.“The memorial service tells us and reminds us of human nearness and closeness and that despite the fact that they made the ultimate sacrifice and are not here with us, that their children and relatives can feel comfortable and at least have a certain satisfactory level that the Guyana Police Force in the main, and that the Government in its own rule, has not forgotten you not only on this occasion, but throughout the years as we go by … so I want to applaud the work of the Fallen Heroes Foundation in its volunteerism towards its very honourable mission that we have created and that will continue,” he explained.The acting Commissioner concluded by urging current members of the Police Force to remember those who made the sacrifice.“Members of the Force, I urge you to understand and to keep reminding yourself that those who made the sacrifice made the sacrifice so that today we can stand and we can take the Force forward, we can learn bitter lessons of the past, we can adjust in our diligence and our commitment and professionalism that the works that they would’ve done and the sacrifices that they would’ve made would not have gone in vain.”Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in his remarks, noted that the fallen heroes made the ultimate sacrifice.“He who gives of his possession can be classified as good in this life and it is always that giving that will make life better. But he who gives of himself and makes the ultimate sacrifice like the fallen heroes that constitutes the greatest generation, the greatest individuals,” Ramjattan remarked.He reflected on the importance of a Policeman in society, while noting that there were huge challenges to face in the coming days.“You have to do the impossible for the ungrateful. And that is what makes this profession so significant, so noble, and so honourable because when a genuine crisis befalls, the first call that is made is to the Police. And amidst all the danger, the Police have to ensure that their presence be felt and that order is maintained. It’s an extraordinarily dangerous job, this policing but it is very necessary and an institution that is necessary for a society to move forward and advance like Guyana is,” the Minister explained.He also thanked the Fallen Heroes Foundation for the work that it has done over the years to help the children and relatives of the slain Police ranks.last_img read more

UCLA’s Sutherland doesn’t fit the mold

first_imgBefore he made an official visit to UCLA during his senior season at Kellam High, Sutherland said Ohio, where relatives lived, was the furthest he traveled from home. “I love to travel,” Sutherland said. “It’s nice to see new things, and see different cultures. Even from one coast to another, it’s so different. It’s cool.” Sutherland’s soft side may have been developed from his infancy – literally. His mother, Barbara Kingan, said Noah weighed 10 pounds, 11 ounces at birth. When he was in fifth grade, he wasn’t allowed to play flag football because league organizers feared he would hurt the other kids, so he moved up to the tackle level, which was usually reserved for older kids. “And he was still the biggest kid there,” Kingan said. In grammar school, Sutherland was always being reprimanded. Not for bullying others, but for talking. It turned out Sutherland was finishing his work so quickly he had nothing to do. So he spoke to his other classmates, and kept them from finishing their work. “The teacher got wise to it, so she worked out with him that when he was done, he could go across the hall to a special needs class and help them,” said Kingan, who is flying in for Saturday’s UCLA game against Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. “He helped out one of the PTA programs, and when he was done there, a special needs class did a Wizard of Oz play, and he helped with that. “He was the tin man, and (the other kids) had short attention spans, so he would go around and prod them to make sure they were doing things right. It was the cutest thing.” Even now, Sutherland’s soft spot for kids is evident. He has twin cousins, Alison and Bailee, who were born 51/2 weeks apart because of a pregnancy issue. Alison, the older, weighed approximately a pound at birth, and was given a 10 percent chance to survive. She is now nine, and suffers from autism. According to Sutherland, “she’s amazing, and she’s like a musical prodigy. She’s really good with keeping keys,” when it comes to singing. “And it makes her smile,” Sutherland added, “and that’s the best part.” As an offensive lineman, Sutherland’s accolades come from helping others, which is where the Peace Corps fits in. According to the organization’s Web site, the Peace Corps has “been invited by 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.” The 47-year-old organization is present in many third-world countries, and aids in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe, and a host of islands. “The way they make it sound, it’s a different job every day,” Sutherland said. “One day you might be digging a well. The next day you might be teaching someone how to use a computer, and the next day you might be teaching English, and the next day you might be building a school or helping a medical staff.” As Sutherland concludes his UCLA career, he is thinking about his next move. Football is an option, although he must become more consistent. Sutherland came to UCLA as a defensive end, but after two seasons was moved to the offensive line and started 13 games last season at tackle. But he was moved inside to guard this season, and is still getting used to the differences in the position. “I need to maintain good pad level because I get up too high sometimes,” Sutherland said. “You still have to have pretty good feet at guard. I’m working on pass protection because I never had to do it in high school. We ran a (run-oriented) wing-T.” However, Sutherland is athletic and one of UCLA’s strongest players, which will help him when it comes time to work out for NFL teams. Sutherland bench presses 430 to 440 pounds and squats 600 pounds, which will make an impression. “He’s one of the strongest guys on our team and he moves very well,” said UCLA coach Karl Dorrell, a former NFL assistant. “He just needs more technique. He’s been solid. He has a lot of upside. He just hasn’t tapped into it yet. He’ll test well. He’ll run (fast) and do a lot of things, which will open your eyes. He has a chance.” In December, Sutherland will graduate with a degree in history, which he may change if he enrolls in the Peace Corps. “I would like to play after this year, but I’m not the type of person who is thinking that is all I got,” Sutherland said. “Even if I do get a chance, there’s no guarantee it will be for long. Every chance I do get to play, it will be a blessing. I’ve got to be able to move on. “I don’t want to sound bad, but I see guys who have been here for three or four years, and they’re still working out and not moving on with their lives. I’ll play for as long as they let me, but when I’m not able, I’ve got things I want to do.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER The scraggly, light-haired but unfulfilled beard, and the shoulder length hair help create the perception of meanness. The sheer size – 6-foot-4, 295 pounds – helps with intimidation, and the quiet, reserved personality gives off a cerebral assassin vibe. Yet, down deep, within Noah Sutherland’s hearty frame, is a heart for helping others, especially kids. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySutherland, a senior starter at right guard on UCLA’s offensive line, has aspirations to play in the NFL, and a more noble desire to improve societies in impoverished countries. His plan after graduating in December is to get ready for the NFL draft, but his ambition beyond football is to join the Peace Corps. “I know I want to do something that helps others, and give back because I feel like I’ve had a pretty good life so far, with the scholarship and everything,” Sutherland said. “I want to be able to do something for people who don’t have it as good. “I have a soft spot for kids. I feel like you can help kids the most. You can really change a kid’s life. You can obviously change anybody’s life, but a kid, you can get to him and make a difference.” Sutherland, the big ‘ol softy, grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., but the family didn’t travel much (“I guess we didn’t have the money,” he said). He said the first time he stepped on a plane was to go to Universal Studios in Orlando, after his mom won a free trip from a radio station, but vacation usually involved packing up the family car and driving and driving. last_img read more