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Minister of National Security Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson has lauded the bravery and courage of Constable Marlon Samms even as he expressed sorrow at the death of the policeman.
The Constable who was attached to the Linstead Police Station, died at the Kingston Public Hospital after he was shot by gunmen, when he and a colleague attempted to foil a robbery.
One of the gunmen was fatally shot, while it is believed that another was shot and injured.
Senator Nelson called on Jamaicans to recognise that Constable Samms’ unhesitating bravery in confronting brazen gunmen who are bent on unleashing terror on civil society, demonstrated what the nation’s policemen have been facing in the execution of their duties – that of putting their lives on the line at all times.
The National Security Minister further urged the nation to note that notwithstanding the threat to their lives, police officers have no recourse but to serve and protect.
He asserts that Constable Samms was a young policeman, who lost his life in this untimely manner, while attempting to save the lives and property of other Jamaicans who are being held at ransom, by cruel men.
Senator Nelson reminded Jamaicans that the young policeman had family and loved ones, who have been cruelly robbed, when merciless men snuffed out the policeman’s life.
The Minister acknowledged that it must be a difficult time for the Jamaica Constabulary Force with five among them being killed since the start of year.
He urged Constable Samms’ colleagues to be strong and remain vigilant in their faithful pursuit of duty.
To the family members and loved ones of Constable Samms, Senator Nelson says he is painfully aware that no amount of words could bring back the policeman who gave his life for his country.
In extending condolences, the Minister implored them to look to the Lord for strength in this difficult time.

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