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Keating Foundation assists recovering policewoman

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Constable Georgette Gardener (left) accepts a donation of J$800,000 from Ryan Keating, of the Ryan Keating Foundation. Gardener was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman five months ago.

The Silver Sands-based Ryan Keating Foundation, in collaboration with Jamaicans Against Poverty, has to come forward in support of constable Georgette Gardener, the policewoman who was shot and injured while carrying out traffic duties along the Carey Park main road, in Trelawny.

The organisation made a donation of $800,000 worth of aquatic therapy equipment to Gardener during a welcome back party, which was put on to acknowledge he her being back at work. In the five months since the shooting, Gardener underwent a series of operations and therapy in her recovery process.

Shot twice

Constable Gardener, who enlisted in the Jamaica Constabulary Force in September 2006 and was assigned to the Falmouth Police Station, was assisting a motorist along the Carey Park road, when she was surprised by a lone gunman, who pounced on her and shot her twice.

The policewoman, who was hit in the arm and back by the gunman's bullets, was seriously hurt as the bullet which struck her in her back caused her lungs to collapse. She later developed scoliosis.

"It is now difficult to move about as I used to, but the therapy is helping me to," said Gardener, who is the mother of a 15-year-old son.

Despite not being as mobile as she was before being shot, Constable Gardener says she remains undaunted by it all. According to her, she comes back to work fully committed to giving her best in the execution of her duties as a police officer.

Superintendent Clive Blair, the commanding officer of the Trelawny Police Division, says he is happy that Gardener is alive and remains functional, noting that she always gives her best.

"While she recovers, the organisation will work with her to ensure that everything works well ... . We are expecting that after the therapy, she will be able to give more of her best," said Blair. "The Jamaica Constabulary Force is willing to take it one day at a time and watch her progress. "