Cops in deadly Horizon Park shooting among national honours recipients
The four policemen shot in the deadly Horizon Park operation in June are to receive national awards for gallantry on Heroes Day.
Superintendent Leon Clunis, Corporal Dane Biggs and Constable Decardo Hylton will be awarded posthumously, while District Constable Lothan Richards is expected to mount the prestigious King’s House platform to accept the Medal of Honour for Gallantry.
The four are listed among scores of recipients of national honours and awards in various categories, published today in The Gleaner.
Clunis passed away in hospital weeks after the shooting, while Hylton and Biggs died during the June 12 tragedy.
Richards was treated at hospital and later released.
This year, academic, Professor Orlando Patterson heads the list of award recipients.
He will receive the third highest national honour, the Order of Merit, for highly distinguished international service to academia, West Indies Literature, Sociology, and the social culture.
Five appointments to the Order of Jamaica:
Merlene Joyce Ottey – For distinguished contribution to sports
Karl Samuda – For over 40 years of distinguished service to public service
Tom Tavares Finson – For distinguished service to public service
Brian Wynter – For distinguished service to the Central Bank and the financial sector
Patrick Hylton – For distinguished contribution to the financial Sector and philanthropy
Several notable Jamaicans among appointees to Order of Jamaica (Commander Class) including:
The Gleaner’s Garfield Grandison – For exceptional contribution to Journalism and the print media development
Cedella Marley – For exceptional philanthropy through contribution to sport development and the women’s football programme
Anthony Hylton – For over 30 years of exceptional service to public service, government and diplomatic affairs
Reverend Karl Johnson – For exceptional contribution to religion and community development
Shahine Robinson (posthumous) – For exceptional contribution to public service and national policy development
Reverend Robert Thompson – For exceptional leadership in church and community development
Order of Jamaica (Officer Class) features numerous notable Jamaicans, including:
Khadija Shaw – For outstanding achievement in sport, particularly football.
Errol Greene – For outstanding contribution to public service
Barbara Ellington – For outstanding contribution to media
Patricia Lazarus – For outstanding contribution to media and community development
Antoinette Aitken – For Outstanding contribution to the deaf community through sign language
Eric Donaldson – For outstanding contribution to the music industry
Deiwght Peters – For outstanding contribution to the Jamaican culture through the global fashion industry
Robert ‘Bobby Digital’ Dixon – For outstanding contribution to Jamaican music as a studio engineer and producer
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