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Malick resident John Julien is still haunted by the
cries of the newborn baby he rescued from a dump-
ster in July.
On Saturday, Julien, of Upper Sixth Avenue, Malick,
cousins Ganesh and Shiv Bansraj and Sgt Hayden
Manwaring (posthumously) were awarded Humming
Bird (Bronze) medals for gallantry at the national
awards ceremony, which was held for the first time
in south Trinidad at the Southern Academy for the
Performing Arts, San Fernando.
Julien, speaking with reporters after receiving his
medal, said while he felt like a hero when he rescued
the baby from the dumpster, he was not looking for
"The baby is alive and well and I feel great," he said.
"I was not expecting anything because what I done
I do it for God, because plenty people just pass and
ignore the whole scene and gone they way."
"I hear the thing, I pass and went home and come
back because I telling myself it wasn t (an animal), it
had to be some human because of the noise I was
When Julien found the baby she still had her umbilical
cord attached. The baby was stuffed in a bag and her
eyes had been covered with tape. A cotton ball was
also placed in her mouth and then taped shut.
The baby s 34-year-old mother was subsequently
detained by police.
On Saturday (Independence Day) after he collected
his award, Julien said the sight of the helpless baby
left him in a state of shock and to this date her cries
still haunt him.
"About three or four days after I was in a mess,"
he said. "I couldn t catch myself because it is something
if your body not good you could fall knowing that you
see a lil child (like that) it must affect you.
"You have to be strong. I does still hear the noise
now and again."
He called on the authorities to do more for the
youths of the nation and, in particular, the youths in
his community who are in need of jobs.
"We (could) have a programme where we could cul-
ture the young girls, because the girls and them nowa-
days just making children and they ain t have no father
and the young fellas and them, some of them just
drinking and liming," Julien said.
Cousins Ganesh and Shiv Bansraj, both of Guaya-
mare, said they were overwhelmed with pride after
receiving their Humming Bird (Bronze) medals for
The cousins were given the medals after they risked
their lives on August 16 when they dived into the
swollen, caiman-infested Guayamare River to save
pharmacist Rolly Bhawansingh from drowning.
Bhawansingh had crashed into the river and was
trapped in his car. The Bansraj cousins pulled Bhawans-
ingh out of car and revived him after he lost con-
Ganesh said he did not expect to get an award for
doing the right thing.
"I never thought something would have happened
like this right...Up to now I am still in shock," he said.
"I would never have thought that it would have hap-
pened to me in my life. It happen and I am proud of
myself. Saving a life is something very good."
He said when he saw Bhawansingh trapped in the
car he did not hesitate to jump into the river.
"We born and grow up around there so we know
the river, so we did not have a problem going in the
river," he said."The only thing run through my mind
Heroes humble but happy with medals...
Baby's cries still
haunt her saviour
was if the guy die. I went with a brave mind and I
get through. I never even thought about death."
Shiv said he felt great getting his medal.
"I went to school and I never get an award, I save
a life and I get an award. I feel great and I will do
better and go higher again, I want to get gold this
time," he quipped.
Manwaring s wife, Kim, who received the medal
on her husband s behalf, said: "It is really nice that
they remember him in this. I am very happy that his
name shall live on. He was a great man. It very emo-
tional, it did touch me."
Manwaring was killed in the line of duty earlier this
year. He was attempting to arrest three thieves in San
Fernando on February 19 when he was shot and killed.
Ganesh Bansraj, left, is congratulated by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and her husband Dr Gregory Bissessar after receiving the Humming Bird Medal
(Bronze) for gallantry, at the national awards ceremony held at the Southern
Academy for the Performing Arts, San Fernando, on Saturday night.
Painter John Julien, left, is congratulated by
President Anthony Carmona, who presented him
with the Humming Bird medal (Bronze) for his
gallantry in saving the life of a newborn child, during
the national awards ceremony on Saturday night.
PHOTOS: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Shiv Bansraj, left, is congratulated by President
Anthony Carmona who presented him with the
Humming Bird Medal (Bronze) for gallantry, at the
national awards ceremony.
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