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Inspector Gets Medal On 45th Birthday

On his 45th birthday, he received a medal from Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu, for his participation in the United Nation peacekeeping operation at Liberia in 2007.
23 Jul 2020 12:54
Inspector Gets Medal On 45th Birthday
Inspector George Lagi (middle) with his wife Loraini Lagi (second from left) and four children Anaseini Lagi, Ben Lagi, Miri Lagi and Merani Lagi after the Police medal presentation at Subrail Park in Labasa on July 22, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

It was a double celebration for Inspector George Lagi during the Police medal presentation at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.

On his 45th birthday, he received a medal from Minister for Defence, National Security and Policing Inia Seruiratu, for his participation in the United Nation peacekeeping operation at Liberia in 2007.

He was among the 16 medal recipients from the Northern Division.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am today because it is my birthday and receiving a medal from a minister whom I’ve always admired,” said the inspector of Galoa Village in Macuata Province.

“I have been in the Fiji Police Force for 25 years and this is my second medal.”

He attributed his success to his wife and four children, who showered him with hugs and kisses yesterday.

“As a father and a husband I have always reminded myself to work diligently and make them proud,” he said.

“Life in peacekeeping operation wasn’t easy.

“Being a Fijian Police officer required lot of dedication and my source of strength comes from the Lord to whom I am forever grateful to.”

Expectation

Meanwhile, Mr Seruiratu told the recipients to wear their medals with pride because it signified their victory over temptation that would have otherwise blemished the unblemished records that they have at this point in their careers.

“You must understand your role in the bigger scheme of things and how important it is to work hard, work smart and get more with less in order to help with Fiji’s road to recovery,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“You carry the hopes of the Government and the Fijian people on your shoulders.”

He added that it was imperative for them to work hard and smart to provide a safe and conducive environment that would entice investors to “escape the pandemic in paradise”.

He also told the officers: “I demand and expect the very best and nothing less from each of you during this difficult time.

“You must treat every report and complaint with the same level of urgency,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“Theft of crops and livestock is an ongoing policing issue.

“As the Northern Division is known for its agricultural activities, you need to step up policing efforts in ensuring farmers are not robbed of their hard-earned sweat and money.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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