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  • On National Heroes Day, Renaldo Delgado Davis was recognised with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for rendering assistance to a fellow Jamaican, who got into an accident along the Port Henderson Road in St. Catherine last year.
  • A former soldier and a five-year employee of the Municipal Police Force, Mr. Davis went beyond the call of duty to help the female driver, who turned out to be Senior Investigator in the Ministry of Health, Marcia Alleyene.
  • “I don’t do things like this for any reward yuh nuh. It’s just from the goodness of mi heart. A suh di t’ing set man.”

“I don’t do things like this for any reward yuh nuh. It’s just from the goodness of mi heart. A suh di t’ing set man.” ​This is the sentiment of one modern day Samaritan, who displayed selflessness in rendering assistance to a fellow Jamaican, who got into an accident along the Port Henderson Road in St. Catherine last year.

​His name is Renaldo Delgado Davis and on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 21, the Municipal Police Officer was recognised with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry for his good deed. He was the sole recipient of the honour at the National Honours and Awards ceremony held at King’s House.

A former soldier and a five-year employee of the Municipal Police Force, Mr. Davis went beyond the call of duty to help the female driver, who turned out to be Senior Investigator in the Ministry of Health, Marcia Alleyene.

Mr. Davis recalls that on the morning of May 31, 2012, he was travelling to work in a taxi cab, when he witnessed a car hitting a guard rail after swerving to avoid another vehicle. “I was in a taxi coming from Naggos Head and on reaching Port Henderson, where the road has a breakaway, I saw a Suzuki hit an iron,” he tells JIS News.

“The taxi stopped and I saw that nobody was moving in the car so I came out and pulled the door and saw a lady slumped over the steering wheel. You could see that she was in pain…she was holding her hand. I saw that it was broken,” he states.

Mrs. Alleyene tells JIS News that she was on her way to work when the accident occurred. She remembers swerving to the left to avoid a taxi and the next thing she recalls is feeling extreme pain in her arm and Mr. Davis coming to her assistance.

“All I know is he opened the door and took me out,” she says, noting that he took over and kept an oncoming crowd away. Mr. Davis informs that he showed Mrs. Alleyne his identification, placed her in the back of her car, which was in drivable condition, and told her he was taking her to the nearest hospital.

“He came right in (the hospital) with me as if he was relative,” a grateful Mrs. Alleyene recalls. “And when he thought that they were taking too long to attend to me, he went to find a doctor and said ‘excuse me doctor, there’s a patient out here, she works with the Ministry of Health, her name is Marcia Alleyene and she has a broken arm and I think she’s sitting here too long.” She says the nurses also jumped into action and she thought “this man must be important”.

Mrs. Alleyene says Mr. Davis only decided to leave her side when a nurse came to let her know that her husband had arrived at the hospital. “When he (her husband) arrived I gave him all her belongings, handed him the key to the vehicle and then left, comfortable she was in good hands,” Mr. Davis tells JIS News.

Mrs. Alleyene says her husband, after realising the gravity of what had happened said “no man ‘im can’t just leave soh” and chased after Mr. Davis.

She says her husband thanked Dr. Davis and pleaded with him to accept a reward, but only came away with a phone number. Mr. Davis for his part, explains, that he was just doing what he would do naturally and was not seeking a reward or anything.

“I appreciate what they have done and the honour the Government has bestowed on me. Honestly… I would do it again and not even blink because it’s another Jamaican out there needing my help,” he proudly states.