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Cops in deadly Horizon Park shooting among national honours recipients

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Corporal Dane Biggs, Superintendent Leon Clunis and Constable Decardo Hylton were fatally wounded in the Horizon Park, St Catherine shooting on June 12. The shooter was killed hours later in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew.

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:

Jamaica's "Bronze Queen" Merlene Ottey. (Photo: Gleaner/diGJamaica)
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:

Garfield Grandison
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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