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From a grateful nation - Distinguished service, outstanding contribution, bravery recognised

Published:Tuesday | October 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM
For Gallantry for her courageous efforts in rescuing patients from a fire at the Intensive Care Unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, in January, Davia Ramano Tucker receives The Badge Of Honour from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.
A picture of humility is Tremayne Sheldon Oshawn Brown as he receives The Badge Of Honour For Gallantry for his act of bravey displayed when he jumped into a gully with gushing rainwater to save the life of 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds in Trench Town. He is no swimmer but he didn't even think of that. Here he receives his award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at The National Awards held at King's House, yesterday.
Commissioner of Police, George Fitzroy Quallo is all smiles as he receives The Order Of Distinction in the rank of Commander for distinguished service to the Jamaica Constabulary.
A proud Theodore Eccleston "Tappa" Whitmore, interim head coach of the national senior men's football team receives The Order Of Distinction in the rank of officer for his contribution to sports, nationally and internationally, in particular to football as a player and coach. Making the presentation is Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House, yesterday.
Major Rocky Ricardo Meade receives The Order Of Distinction in the rank of Commander for distinguished service to the Jamaica Defence Force from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at The National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at King's House, yesterday.
For her oustanding public service in education and religion, Sister Mary Paschal Figueroa was awarded The Order Of Distinction in the rank of Commander from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at The National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at King's House, yesterday.
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A grateful nation recognised some of its outstanding citizens yesterday at the ceremony of investiture and presentation of national honours and awards at King's House.

Long and distinguished service, outstanding contribution and heart-stopping, life-and-death bravery were all highlighted. From the Order of Merit to the only living member of the Bob Marley and the Wailers group, Neville O'Reilly 'Bunny Wailer', being appointed to the Order of Merit, to the five Jamaicans being appointed to the Order of Jamaica, and the bravery of a nurse, risking her life to save sick babies in a hospital ward; or the young man who, although he could not swim, risked his life to save a boy, they all took a bow. And deservedly so.

Here are some highlights captured by our photographer, Lionel Rookwood.