Corporal Melvin Smith of the Community Safety and Security Branch in the Manchester Police Division — arguably the most loved lawman of recent memory in these parts — was shot dead in Mandeville while trying to thwart a robbery on the night of October 27. Even the very young ones were there to pay their respects
Last Thursday's function, a tributes forum and prayer service, organised by the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in collaboration with private and public entities, started sometime after 3:00 pm and lasted until long after dark. People from every walk of life, speaking from the podium, as well as in private, remembered a policeman who was always smiling and always trying to help others. Corporal Smith's widow Valerie, his 11-year-old daughter Rheana, his mother Olive Smith, brother Ronald, and other relatives were among those listening as the tributes poured.
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