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Nation’s Fire-fighter gave his last breath

 Members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Department are mourning the passing of Police Constable, David Roberts. 

The 42-year-old firefighter was pronounced dead at approximately 4:30 pm on Friday 23rd April 2021 at the Mount St. Johns Medical Center. 

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Atlee Rodney having learned of his passing, met with his immediate family and Fire Chief Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Elvis Weaver to express his sympathy. He described Roberts as a well-disciplined, quiet and humble fire-fighter; one who exemplified a very high level of commitment and devotion to duty. 

He also lauded the fire-fighter invaluable contributions towards many disciplines within the regular and fire department; especially his professionalism as part of the Police Protocol Team.

Commissioner Rodney continues to dialogue and offer support to his family and work colleagues, by providing professional counselling to them. He further encourages the officers as they mourn, to remember the families of Corporal Andre Francois, Sergeant Hughon David, and Corporal Clifton Common, all who passed weeks apart from each other this year. 

The Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Mr Gaston Browne, along with the Honourable Attorney General, Mr Steadroy Benjamin and Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Legal Affairs Public Safety and Labour, Mrs Stacy Gregg-Paige also joined in expressing sympathies to Robert’s family and the Royal Police force of Antigua and the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Department on his passing.

Constable Roberts was involved in an unfortunate incident on Easter Monday, April 5th, when the fire truck he was driving lost control and crashed. He spent three weeks at the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital nursing serious injuries he sustained from the accident. 

He became a member of the Fire Department in May of 2009 and served for eleven unbroken years. He worked at several of the fire stations; including Coolidge Fire Station at V.C. Bird International, where he was last attached. 

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