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St James woman awarded for heroism on National Heroes' Day

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris presents a special award for bravery to Makada Hylton during the annual National Heroes' Day civic celebration and awards ceremony held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. Photo by Christopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU: Makada Hylton, the St James woman who rescued her relatives from drowning in flood waters last May, was one of eight awardees to receive special honours during yesterday's annual National Heroes' Day celebration, in Montego Bay, St James.

Hylton received a special award for bravery from Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris during the awards ceremony held at Sam Sharpe Square under the theme My Expressions, My Traditions, My Jamaica.

RISKED HER LIFE

Hylton was awarded for her actions on the evening of May 19, when she rescued her mother and sister after their car got trapped in rushing flood waters near Paisley district in St James. In that incident, at great risk to herself, Hylton secured her relatives and used her own clothing to anchor them to a tree, in order to avoid being washed away.

Among the other seven awardees who received the Sam Sharpe Award for service to the parish of St James were Evatt Bloomfield, for his contribution to the field of tourism; Cecil Cornwall and Eileen McIntosh, for their contribution to education; Basil Johnson, for contribution to commerce and industry; Linden Thomson, for contribution to sports; and Myra Thomas and Elmenia Reid, for contribution to community service.

christopher.thomas@gleanerjm.com