Female cop to receive Badge of Honour
Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
A female cop from the St Ann's Bay Police Station, St Ann, is to receive the Badge of Honour for Gallantry on National Heroes Day for a heroic act that resulted in a man's life being saved.
Constable Sherene Bailey, who has been serving in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for the past six years, saved the life of Trevor Cameron in October of last year.
The 26-year-old constable and proud graduate of the Marymount High School in St Mary was elated when she heard that her name was in yesterday's Gleaner among persons to receive National Honours and Awards.
"I felt like a star when I heard the news because I wasn't looking for any award whatsoever. I was just protecting and serving, and all I could think about that day was to make sure Mr Cameron was okay," said Bailey.
Bailey, after leaving work and heading home on October 15 of last year, heard some gunshots in the Granville District of Trelawny, where she lived. The constable said after she heard the shots, she saw a man running at high speed away from the Camerons' house, but he was very far away from her.
Without hesitating, she made her way to the house and found Cameron suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, while his wife stood there in despair. Bailey rushed Cameron to the hospital and waited there until the doctors said he was going to be fine before she left.
Since that day, Bailey and the family have developed a close relationship and she has even been giving them safety tips on how to keep themselves safe from criminals.
I AM NOT AFRAID
"Being the person I am, I am not afraid, and the JCF trains us to handle different emergency situations, and so I knew what to do in handling the situation. I kept calm and just hoped that Trevor would make it," she added.
Antoinette Cameron, the wife of the gunshot victim who described Bailey as a daughter to her, told The Gleaner that she wanted to find a way to thank the constable and so made the application for her to receive the honour award.
"We love Sherene, and all I can say is that she makes us proud the way she handled the situation," said Cameron.
For Trevor Cameron, Bailey is more than the usual cop.
"Sherene deserves this award. She should receive the best cop award if there is one. She is just brave to do what she did for me, and she is the best cop I know," said Cameron.
"When she came to my rescue and said you are shot and you need to got to the hospital, I was hesitant, but she said Mr Cameron come now and she drove me to the hospital and stayed there until I was doing better." He added, "She is just the braves person I have ever met."