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Carmona commends Fire Service

By Sasha Harrinanan Tuesday, September 1 2015

The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) was yesterday commended by President Anthony Carmona after several of its officers treated four-year-old Santa Cruz resident, Kalel Alleyne during an August 20 visit to the Santa Cruz Fire Station.

Kal-el was the name given at birth to the comic superhero from the planet Krypton, Superboy, who eventually became Superman.

“I really appreciate how you all ‘big up’ small Kal-el (Alleyne),” Carmona told the TTFS during an Independence Day cocktail reception at TTFS headquarters on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain yesterday morning.

“(He’s) the youngest person in TT’s history and possibly throughout the world, to receive an award for gallantry.

You all ‘big him up’ and I can tell you, what you all have done, you all have made a leader in him. This in fact is what, as adults, we need to do. We need to make leaders of our young men and our young women in the communities, villages and towns,” Carmona said.

Alleyne received the Humming Bird Medal (Bronze) for bravery/ gallantry at the 2015 National Awards Ceremony, held last evening at Queen’s Hall, PoS.

On August 18, Alleyne’s “superboy efforts” led to the rescue of his mother Amanda and aunt Antonia after the car, driven by Amanda, went down a 300-foot precipice on the North Coast Road to Maracas.

Kel-el was also in the car, but he sustained minor injuries in the crash. Suffering just a few lacerations to his face, Kal-el’s mother told him to climb out of the vehicle.

Using the little strength still in her body, she began guiding her son out of the bushy and treacherous terrain telling him not to be afraid.

Kel-el was able to make his way up the steep and dangerous precipice and unto the North Coast Road where his mother, who was eventually able to climb close to the roadway, told him to stop the next passing vehicle.

The brave little boy kept his cool and flagged down a car driven by Tiny Charles of Cantaro Village, Santa Cruz with his wife in the front passenger seat.

When the car stopped Kal-el was able to tell Charles and his wife what had happened.

Addressing several Independence Day cocktail receptions yesterday, Carmona made it clear that while TT “is not a failed State or a ‘banana republic’ (what) is endemic to TT are failed parents and failed parenting.” During his speech at the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) event at Queen’s Hall, PoS, the president said in order to address these two failures, each citizen needs to “look at the ‘man in the mirror’ because therein lies the revolution that we seek! Ladies and gentlemen because we need to reform the ‘man in the mirror’.”

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