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Police Officer Praised For Heroic Act

Police Constable (PC) and Ba football team striker, Abbu Zahid Shaheed, has been praised for his heroic act in saving an elderly man from three thieves in Lautoka.
20 Jun 2021 12:54
Police Officer Praised For Heroic Act
Police Constable Abbu Zahid Shaheed (right), with an injured Vernard James at his home in Lautoka on June 18, 2021. Photo: Police Media Cell

Police Constable (PC) and Ba football team striker, Abbu Zahid Shaheed, has been praised for his heroic act in saving an elderly man from three thieves in Lautoka.

PC Shaheed, who joined the Police Force last July, knew that while growing up his goal was to do his country and his single-parent mum proud. This was achieved on Thursday evening at Sandalwood Street.

PC Shaheed came to the rescue of 55-year-old Vernard James, who was on his way home when he was interrupted by three unknown youths.

How it all happened

Mr James was allegedly assaulted and robbed. He only had his ‘button’ phone and $8 when it was forcefully taken from him.

PC Shaheed, who happened to reside on the same street managed to disturb the thugs as they were trying to rob Mr James.

He chased and managed to catch one out of the three suspects, restrained him and chased after the other two.

The second suspect was hiding in a nearby bush and PC Shaheed managed to arrest him while the third one got away.

“I knew the two suspects that I arrested because we grew up together in the same street. They were aware that I was a police man and that’s why I had managed to restrain them without any problems,” he said.

Mr James was later taken to the Lautoka Hospital by Police personnel from Lautoka.

Mr James said despite what happened he was happy to be alive.

“I have this pain on my chest from last night’s (Thursday night) incident, but I am glad that I am alive today because of the officer’s effort,” he said.

He said he was yet to give his Police statement, but would eventually do so once his condition improves.

Divisional Police Commander, Western (DPC/W) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pita Keni personally thanked PC Shaheed for his commitment.

“You were on your day off. You were outnumbered, you risked your life, but you had that Police instinct in you that assisted the man who was in dying need of assistance,” said SSP Pita.

The Ba Police Station-based officer did not have an easy life while growing up being the only child. He lost his father, the sole breadwinner of the family in 2005 and had to take up a huge role in helping his mother provide food for the family.

His assistance to his mother has come a long way, and he is only grateful that while growing up, he has developed the passion and heart not only to help others but to make his country proud.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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