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Aug 20, 2015

Police Officer Recognized for Rescuing Cadets from Killer Bees

Today, the Ladyville precinct of the Rural Eastern Division of the Police Department came alive as one of the officers attached to the formation was honored. Police Constable, two-two-five Randy Lyons was awarded by Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster following his active role in protecting a group of cadets on camp in Dangriga from a swarm of killer bees. On August eighth, the senior group went on a planned cave tour in Pomona Valley. While outside, a swarm of killer bees attacked them and PC Lyons risked his life, drawing the bees away from the group. He was stung multiple times and had to be hospitalized at the Southern Regional Hospital for several days. Today, the department honored the officer for his bravery.

 

Kishana Anderson, Police Cadet

“Mister Randy Lyons and another instructor from Orange Walk ran inside telling us to get down, get down; the bees are coming. Some of the cadets did not believe the bees were coming, they thought it was a prank attack. But the bees were coming and while they were coming in, Mister Randy Lyons ran and the bees attacked him; he ran so that he can save some of us from getting bitten because we were all around him.”

 

Randy Lyons

PC Randy Lyons, Awardee

“We are entrusted with the lives of these children by their parents whenever we take them on trips, whenever they are in our responsibility and it is highly expected that we return them back home safe and in good health. And that’s what I was thinking about—to return them safe and in good health back to their parents and their families.”

 

Duane Moody

“Weren’t you thinking about your own safety though?”

 

PC Randy Lyons

“Well as police officers, we are also mandated to protect life. I was doing the job as a police officer, as the persons responsible for them and as a father, because I would like that good deed to be passed on to my child if the need arises at any time.”

 

Edward Broaster

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Eastern Division Rural

“We have adopted this policy where no good deed must go unnoticed and no bad deed must go unpunished, hence the reason why we are honoring PC Lyons today. That’s precisely the level of unselfishness that PC Lyons exudes at that camp. We are responsible for these cadets and when their lives are put in danger, we are there to ensure that we protect them. And that’s exactly what PC Lyons did. He ensured that he distracted the bees away from the cadets and he took the brunt of the sting by the bees.”

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