Man Owes Cop His Life

“I pulled the knife out, walked back to the village where the village nurse alerted the Hospital and the Navosa Police.”
28 May 2021 13:38
Man Owes Cop His Life
Police Constable Rosivela Nadibi (left) and Police Constable Jone Koroiduadua, with Kini Viliame Vasuikoro at the Navosa Hospital. Photo: Police Media Cell

Kini Viliame Vasuikoro, 76, of Nasikawa Village, Navosa, counts himself lucky to have survived a serious injury while carrying his root crops on Friday.

His survival came through the swift actions of the Police team in Navosa.

“I was carrying my rootcrops down a slope from my plantation when I slipped and tumbled down the hill, landing with my cheek slamming onto my cane knife,” he said.

“I pulled the knife out, walked back to the village where the village nurse alerted the Hospital and the Navosa Police.”

Police Constable Uraia Liqorio of Navosa Police Station left immediately with three other officers. With the unfavourable weather, bad road conditions and the cruel terrain of the highlands, it took the officers at least three hours to reach Nasikawa Village.

The Nasikawa villagers conveyed the injured man on horseback to the main road to wait for the first responders. The Navosa Police team was there to receive the injured man and transport him in the Police vehicle. However, by this time, the Natawa River was flooded.

The Navosa Hospital vehicle was waiting on the other side of the river responding to the same call. However, they too could not cross the flooded river.

Police Constable Uraia Liqorio then carried the 76-year-old man on his back and crossed the flooded river to get to the health officials.

“I managed to cross the strong current of the Natawa River using the lights from our vehicle and lights from MOH vehicle,” he said.

“When we reached the middle of the river, I call the injured man’s name. He could not respond so, I kept on calling his name and I could feel that he had lost his grip on my shoulders. I reached the other side and handed him to the nurses waiting there. From there I came to know that he was unconscious.”

Constable Liqorio said the 76-year-old man was safely conveyed to Navosa Hospital while he and the rest of the team waited for another two hours for the water to recede.

Divisional Police Commander West, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sami Surend, commended the bravery of Police Constable Liqorio and his team.

“Such is the life of a Police officer. We are required to attend to odd circumstances, on odd times and at very odd places, this is what we do,” he said.

Despite most efforts being focused on COVID-19 operations, Mr Sami said this did not take them away from the core duty of a Police officer to help those in need of assistance.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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