JIS News

Consul General to New York, Dr. Basil Bryan, has hailed slain Jamaican-born New York City Police Detective Dillon Hugh Stewart, as a noble man, who stood courageous in duty.
“This immigrant son from Jamaica stood courageous in duty; a proud reminder of what motivates the men and women of the New York Police Department (NYPD),” Dr. Bryan said when he addressed the service of thanksgiving for the life of Detective Stewart held on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the New Life Tabernacle Church in Brooklyn.
According to Dr. Bryan, the 35-year old detective, who was the first member of the NYPD to die in the line of duty this year, “paid the ultimate price, a reflection of my country’s highest and noblest ideals”.
He noted that the occasion of Detective Stewart’s funeral service was indeed a reminder that immigrants from Jamaica and elsewhere had come to the United States, not only to reap but importantly, to sow and to contribute.
“The sons and daughters from Jamaica have given their lives in all endeavours in the building and defense of this country, including the World Trade Centre and now, in the defense of this great city and its citizens. Let us resolve to heal, to build, to hope and to dream, to be loyal and faithful always,” he stated.
Dr. Bryan also offered condolences to the family on behalf of the government and people of Jamaica and offered comfort in these words immortalized by reggae icon Bob Marley ‘One love, one heart, give thanks and praise to the Lord and everything will be all right’.The Late Detective Stewart, who moved from Westmoreland, with his family at age 10, was said to be a lover of Bob Marley’s music.
NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly in his remarks, expressed regret at the loss. He said it was hard to say exactly what motivated the late Detective, who, at 30 years of age, decided to make a career change, abandoning the “safety” of a financial accountant post to serve the public as one of New York’s finest.
Detective Dillon Stewart was killed on November 28 while patrolling the tough streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn with partner Paul Lipka. He leaves to mourn widow Leslyn; daughters Alexia, six years and five-month old Samantha; and mother, Winnifred Fleming.He was buried with full police honours at the Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, Long Island.