Courage and service recognised
The contribution of Police Officers, who served and lost their lives in the line of duty, was honoured during the annual Police Remembrance Day yesterday.
The Acting Prime Minister, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, paid tribute to their service during a ceremony where the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, was the Master of Ceremony.
“We acknowledge their service and the service of all men and women of the Samoa Police past and present,” said Tuitama.
The annual Police Remembrance Day event was held at the Police Headquarters. Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil was present.
“Today, we reflect on those who are gone, and celebrate their legacy that lives on in each and every man and woman who wears the blue uniform,” said Tuitama.
“Their work for a safer Samoa, their courage, and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. In unity we look back and salute those who have served the Samoa Police Service with pride and honour.”
The Acting Prime Minister acknowledged the hard work by the Police Officers.
“The service by the Police Officers is celebrated together with the Public Servants. Today serves as a reminder, to look back and reflect on one’s duty as a Police Officer.
“We commend those who have served and continue to serve. The duty of a Police Officer is a difficult task; however one must have the ability to endure the hardship that comes with the job.
“Keeping the peace is paramount in your line of work and so today, we remember those who passed on while serving the mandate of peace keeper and we say thank you.’”
Auapa’au called for a moment of silence to remember Police Officers who served and died in the line of duty.
Certificates were then given to family members of some of the retired Police Officers who have passed on and those who passed away while on duty.
Among them was Inspector Tuiletufuga Peika Moalele, Superintendent Moeono Penitito and Inspector Tevaga Kapeli Su’a.
Those who passed away while in the line of duties included; Inspector Maotaoali’i Kaioneta; Superintendent Pati Taulapapa, and Corporal Kenneth Alaelua.