CE praises eight officers over typhoon duties
Executive, Mr C Y Leung, hosted a reception at Government House on
August 3 to pay tribute to the frontline and supporting staff of
government departments and public transport organisations for providing
quality services to the community during typhoon Vicente.
Executive pictured with (from left) PC Cheung, SSGT Hui, SGT Chung, SIP
Tam, PC Li, PC Ng, SSGT Tsang and PC Leung at Government House
Among the staff are eight Force members, Senior Inspector (SIP) Tam Yiu-kin from Marine Region, Station Sergeant (SSGT) Hui Ngai-sang from Task Force Sub-unit (Enforcement and Control) Traffic Kowloon East, SSGT Tsang Fat-wa from Patrol Sub-unit 3 (Enforcement and Control) Traffic Kowloon West, Sergeant (SGT) Chung Kam-ming, Police Constable (PC) Li Sui-wai and PC Ng Man-kit from Western District Traffic Team, and PC Cheung Kin-shing and PC Leung Man-ying from Sheung Shui Division Patrol Sub-unit 4.
Saving life in choppy sea
SIP Tam commanded Police Launch 3 when Typhoon Signal No.10 was hoisted. On that day, a canoe capsized in strong winds and choppy sea in Tai Tam, putting the canoeist in great risk. Upon receiving a report, officers onboard the launch immediately jumped into a rigid inflatable craft and plucked the man back from danger. The canoeist was taken care of on the launch and was subsequently taken to Stanley.
"The CE's personal tribute is the highest honour for me during my 30 odd years of service," said SIP Tam. He added that the honour also went to his crew because they came up with professional performances in extremely bad weather and trying circumstances.
Clearing fallen trees
When Typhoon Signal No. 8 was up, SSGT Hui and his colleagues worked continuously for four hours removing fallen trees with electric and manual saws, rope and hammers. They hoped they could re-open the main roads to traffic when the Typhoon Signal was lowered to No. 3.
Describing CE's appreciation as a pleasant surprise for him, SSGT Hui said he and his colleagues were backed up by the staff of Fire Services Department and government contractors, underscoring the importance of teamwork.
SSGT Tsang and Patrol Sub-unit officers dashed to every scene of collapse of scaffoldings and trees to clear debris and divert traffic. While regarding the CE tribute as an honour for him, he was thankful to his colleagues for risking their lives in clearing debris in gusts and rainstorms.
Almost at the same time in Deep Water Bay Road, SGT Chung, PC Li and PC Ng, together with staff from other government departments, were trying to remove an 8-to-10-metre tree blocking traffic lanes, using manual saws. Traffic resumed after they had toiled for about 30 minutes.
Thrilled by the CE tribute, the three officers were thankful to those members of the public who lent a hand to remove the smaller tree branches. "We had to stop the cars when we sawed off the tree. We were grateful for their tolerance and co-operation," said SGT Chung.
Stressing that his job was to serve the public, PC Ng noted: "Knowing members of the public managed to reach their destinations safely was a great satisfaction for me."
PC Li said: "The goal of traffic teams is to resolve traffic congestion." Due to retire in the near future, he considers his tree-clearing operation an unforgettable memory, despite the hardship involved.
Locating missing person
PC Leung and PC Cheung received a report that an 80 years old granny was missing from a home for the elderly in strong wind and heavy rain. Realising that she had heart troubles, high blood pressure and diabetics, they immediately combed the nearby areas as well as the parks frequented by the elderly, and tried to find out if there was any person pinned down under the fallen trees. With a tip-off from the public, they eventually located the granny, who was safe and sound, and sent her to hospital. While regarding saving life as a duty of every police officer, they see the CE tribute as a big motivation for them.
A total of about 150 staff members from 28 government departments and several public transport organisations and their family members attended the reception.
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, has a word of encouragement for PC Li and his wife
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