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Tears Flow At Police Remembrance Day

Tears Flow At Police  Remembrance Day
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea paid respect to fallen police officers during the Fiji Police Force remembrance day at Labasa Police Station on September 29. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH
September 30
12:58 2017

Yesterday’s Police Remembrance Day in Lautoka did not go without tears for the wives of three Police officers who died in the west in the past year.

It was also emotional for them to see fellow Police officers that their husbands worked alongside to uphold law and order be present to remember them.

For Salome Tiviti Nabuta, she still remembered that fateful day, whilst travelling back from watching the Sukuna Bowl clash in Suva when her son called her to give that agonising news.

“My husband, the late ASP Peniasi Nabuta, was the manager of the Police rugby team that had just played against Army and he had arrived back in Sigatoka.

“Shortly after arriving he suffered a heart attack and passed away,” Mrs Nabuta said.

“I was still on my way back from Suva….”

Her eyes strained to hold back the tears and it was enough to describe the rest of her journey back from Suva.

Arieta Momo remembers that morning of February 11, 2017 when her husband, the late  Corporal Taione Momo, a uniformed branch officer based in Sigatoka, passed away in hospital.

His long battle with cancer was over and with tears in her eyes, she recalled the silence of the early morning as she, along with her youngest son Sekove watched their hardworking father and husband pass away.

“We watched him breathe his last and it was really heart-breaking,” Mrs Momo, who now resides in her husband’s village, Naseyani, in Ra said.

For the late Corporal Rajneel Chandra’s wife, Lianda Chandra, his death was painful considering the struggles they went through in life.

Corporal Chandra, 35, was diagnosed with cancer and at that age their lives were shattered, especially for their three year old son Ritam Ram Chandra, who was yet to attend school.

Ms Chandra, who hails from Lomaiviti, said the death was painful in that she remembered how their families were not too happy with their relationship in the beginning as she was an iTaukei.

She remembered that Sunday morning, when her husband called her once from his hospital bed and then within 10 minutes he was gone.

“I will never forget that morning.”

Edited by Mohammed Ali

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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