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RVIPF officers honoured for saving mentally ill youth from drowning

- CoP Collins gives commendations to officers for bravery
Three officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have been honoured for their recent heroic act of saving a mentally ill youth from drowning at the Road Town Jetty last month. Centre is Commissioner of Police Mark Collins while 2nd from right is Acting Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline E. Vanterpool. Photo: RVIPF
Police attending to the young man pulled from waters near Road Town Ferry Dock on September 19, 2021. Photo: Team of Reporters
Police attending to the young man pulled from waters near Road Town Ferry Dock on September 19, 2021. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have been honoured for their recent heroic act of saving a mentally ill youth from drowning at the Road Town Jetty last month.

The RVIPF in a press release today, October 6, 2021, said while officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force are recognised at an annual ceremony for displaying leadership and exemplary skills above and beyond their general duties, Commissioner Mark Collins made an exception for these three.

Commendations

Receiving the Commissioner’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct were Acting Chief Inspector Amarro Potter, Acting Sergeant Jerome Padmore and Constable Jeremy Tuckett.

Potter also received commendations for his exceptional leadership, while Padmore and Tuckett received commendations for exceptional skills and bravery.

Commissioner Collins noted that the totality of their actions resulted in the preservation of a man’s life.

Apparent suicide prevented

On September 19, 2021, Acting Chief Inspector Potter and two officers from his shift, Constable Tuckett and Acting Sergeant Padmore responded to a report that a mentally ill male had jumped in the water off the Road Town Jetty in an apparent suicide attempt.

According to the RVIPF, all three boarded a police vessel and arrived approximately 100 feet from the Road Town Jetty to find a male floating face down in the water. Two officers entered the water, pulled the patient from the water and resuscitated him.

The young man was then transported to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital for further treatment.

13 Responses to “RVIPF officers honoured for saving mentally ill youth from drowning”

  • Jones (06/10/2021, 16:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats officers, glad you were recognised
  • F (06/10/2021, 16:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good well deserved keep up the good work
  • great (06/10/2021, 16:40) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was a really nice thing to do for the officers who saved the young man’s life.
  • WOW (06/10/2021, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (25) Reply
    Stupooeeesss
  • Bravo! (06/10/2021, 17:34) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations RVIPF Officers. You are well deserved this honour. Keep up the good works.
  • GGH (06/10/2021, 19:01) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congratulations to thoes yes but what happened to the female officer who did CPR on the visitor in VG And save his life but was never recognized because only in the eyes of the public we see good but for her brave heart ♥ in that time and alone now freshly recruited I wonder if her supervisor did not see her to be recognized like these also.
    Congratulations
  • Thanks (06/10/2021, 22:20) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    unsolved murders
    • Bring Information (07/10/2021, 09:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you have information that can help solve the murders then bring it forward so that those unsolved murders will be solved. Thank You
  • great news (07/10/2021, 00:58) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was nice what they did.
    Thank you officers for your acts of heroism.


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