Jack Haskins answers call of duty a day after his wife’s death

2010-04-05 00:00

WARRANT Officer Jack Haskins has been hailed as a hero after proving his commitment and selflessness in carrying out his duties a day after losing his wife to cancer.

Haskins responded to a call to recover the foetus of a baby boy found in a public toilet at Hayfields Pick n Pay Centre on Saturday.

It is believed that the only other person who was qualified to perform this operation is stationed at the coast, too far away to respond promptly.

Police said they had to break the toilet in order to get to the foetus.

Police spokeswoman Joey Jeevan paid tribute to Vesta Haskins, Haskins’s wife, who died on Good Friday after a short battle with cancer of the colon.

“She was a wonderfully suppor­tive wife and we regarded her as one of us. His loss is our loss,” said Jeevan.

She added that Haskins works a “27-hour-day” and that his wife was “extra-supportive” of him and his commitment to his duties.

Colonel Henry Budhram said Haskins is one of those model police­men who stop at nothing in carrying out their duties.

“The South Africa Police Service expresses its condolences to him and his family. We appreciate everything he does,” said Budhram.

Linda Stoffberg, headmistress of St John’s DSG where Vesta Haskins worked as a librarian since 2006, said she was not only a competent librarian, but also a willing and multi-talented member of staff.

“Vesta’s involvement in the life of the school included utilising her considerable sewing skills to make costumes for numerous school productions, taking on the compilation of the school magazine and overseeing the scholars’ council.”

Stoffberg said Vesta Haskins will be remembered for her meaningful contribution to school life, but it is her ready smile, charming manners and delightful sense of humour that will be missed the most.

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