Novlene Williams-Mills among national honours recipients
More than 150 people, most of them Jamaicans, are today being presented with national honours and awards at the annual Heroes Day ceremony underway at King's House in St Andrew.
Among the early awardees was Dr Ricard Bennett who Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presented with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for saving the life of his neighbour who was stabbed in his lung in July 2014.
Meanwhile, loud cheers greeted the announcement of veteran broadcaster Fae Ellington's formal appointment to the Order of Distinction Commander Class for her contribution to communication, media, education and culture.
Power 106 FM's Ralston Hyman received the Order of Distinction Officer Class for outstanding contribution to journalism.
Politicians including Phillip Paulwell, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange and Dr Wykeham McNeill and athlete and breast-cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills received national honours.
Eight people received the Order of Jamaica, the highest award presented today and Jamaica's fourth highest honour.