Cops go beyond call of duty

2019-07-23 06:25
Simone Brown

Simone Brown

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Grassy Park police officers have been praised for their efforts after rescuing an 83-year-old man who had trouble breathing.

Steenberg resident Simone Brown, who is a trainee caregiver, was attending to the senior citizen and says the man, whose identity has been withheld due to confidentiality, encountered breathing problems at his home, in Lotus River, on Monday 8 July.

She says their attempts to get emergency services were in vain. They were eventually helped by the police who escorted them to Victoria Day Hospital.

Brown says she phoned the ambulance services at about 10:40 but they never arrived. At around 15:00 she desperately called the Grassy Park Police Station. “I was reluctant because of my experience with police but to my surprise, they came within no time. They did everything on their own and to me, that was a totally different experience, a beautiful one,” says Brown. The officers were Sergeant Lwando Ruba and Constable Mvuzo Duka. They helped to lift the patient into a private vehicle and escorted them to the hospital where he was treated.

Brown says police are known for only prioritising crime.

“It is not their job and we would not expect such response hence I want to share this experience to show that not all of them are bad. Let us not paint them with one brush,” Brown says.

Sergeant Ruba says it was heart-warming for him to receive such a compliment. “We are doing a thankless job. Very few show appreciation for what we do and the public do not even take the time to understand the circumstance we face in the line of duty; this is why I am very touched by what she (Brown) had to say.”

He says they realised the patient was critical and could not make it to the hospital if they sat in traffic. “We put on our sirens and escorted them, opting for short-cuts and we made it on time. He was immediately put on oxygen. We could’not let a man die when we could have helped,” Ruba says.

Grassy Park station commander, Colonel Dawood Laing commended them for “saving a life”. He also thanked Brown for acknowledging the role the officers played.

Almost two weeks ago Grassy Park officers were criticised by residents for poor service at a public meeting held at Bruce Road Community Hall in Ottery.

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