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As a fire officer for over 30 years
Hilarion Ramlochan was regarded
as a hero, haveing recued and saved
the lives of many.
However, when he needed help
the law enforcement agencies and
medical care service failed him.
For an hour, Ramlochan, 56,
remained in his car dying awaiting
help after a teak tree fell on the hood
of his car on Saturday near New
Ramlochan, who retired last year
as an acting fire sub-station officer
at Savonetta Fire Station, was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at the
Princes Town Health Facility.
Had help arrived sooner, his rel-
atives believe he might have sur-
The incident took place while
Ramlochan was heading home in
his AD wagon along Robinson Road,
At Pascal Road, where Ramlochan
lived with his wife Pearl and two
children, villagers complained that
the incident was caused by negli-
Four days ago, they said, there
was a bush fire in that area, but the
authorities only began cutting down
the burnt trees near the road after
Saturday s accident.
The roots of the tree which fell
on Ramlochan s car were burnt.
Another villager, Brandon Sam-
singh, escaped injury yesterday
morning after another tree fell and
hit the side of his car in the same
David Boodoo, a resident, who
arrived seconds after the accident
said Ramlochan was conscious and
gasping for breath, but his neck
He said he prayed with Ram-
lochan, who was responsive, while
they waited. "This whole scenario
took place at 8.45 am and it was a
bit disappointing to know that the
fire brigade and ambulance and
police respond almost one hour after.
From New Grant and Princes Town
it would take me 15 to 20 minutes."
His son Sean, who turns 28 today,
arrived afterwards and also prayed
with his father and told him to make
peace with the Lord.
Sean complained about the slow
and insensitive response by the para-
medics. "From the moment they
put him in the ambulance they gave
up on him."
Ironically, Hilarion s daughter
Candice, 27, said was a hero always
Her brother said on countlesss
occasions he rescued people involved
For the past couple of years, Sean
said, his father had dedicated his
life to the church. "One message he
always giving in the last couple of
months is to change your life and
give your life to Christ," Candice
An autopsy is expected to be per-
formed today at the mortuary of
the San Fernando General Hospi-
tal.Tableland police are investigating.
Parliamentarians who were held
hostage during the 1990 attempted
coup should be compensated for
their injuries and otherwise "har-
rowing and traumatic experiences."
This was one of the recommenda-
tions made in the Report of the Com-
mission of Enquiry into the 1990
attempted coup which was laid in
Parliament on Friday by Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
Compensation, both monetary and
non-monetary, was also recommend-
ed for hostages, victims and people
who displayed bravery during the
"No evidence was adduced to the
commission that any of the Parlia-
mentarians held hostage were ever
compensated," the report read.
"The commission recommends that
all parliamentarians who were held
hostage be compensated for their
injuries and otherwise harrowing and
"In relation to those who have died
since the attempted coup but were
victims of violence, their surviving
next of kin should receive compen-
sation on behalf of the deceased."
In the first chapter of the document,
the commission recommended that
Government fix a limit for the amount
of compensation for each category of
victim after a preliminary report has
been submitted to the Cabinet.
The report said a special unit should
be established to make appropriate
awards according to the respective
The report identified nine police
officers, who either died or were
injured during the attempted coup
and five civilians in Parliament on
July 27, 1990 to be considered for
Journalist Raoul Pantin, who was
said to have suffered a personality
change with serious consequences
and all of the hostages at local tele-
vision station TTT were also listed
for consideration for compensation.
Veteran Journalist Jones P Madeira
and Directv general manager Bernard
Pantin were also highlighted for assist-
ing in keeping Imam Abu Bakr, leader
of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, off the
The report said they should be
recognised by an appropriate non-
In a brief interview yesterday,
Bernard Pantin said: "If that is the
recommendation, I would be humbled
by it. At the time though, I did what
I felt was needed to be done."
The report provided a list of 18
individuals and organisations recom-
mended to be considered for a special
medal of honour.
Two teenagers died early yes-
terday morning in a vehicular
accident near Cocorite.
Shortly after 3 am, the driver
of a Toyota Hilux van lost control
of the vehicle, causing the van
to flip several times.
The van was at the time trans-
porting seven occupants, five of
whom were in the cab of the
vehicle while the other two sat
in the tray.
Vishal Maharaj, 18, and 19-
year-old Sunil Mahadeo, the two
occupants in the van s tray, both
of Chin Chin Road, Cunupia,
sustained serious injuries and
died on the scene.
The driver and other passen-
gers in the cab suffered serious
injuries and were taken to hospital
where they were treated and dis-
Police say the driver of the
vehicle was yesterday assiting
with investigations. KC
Biche gardener Davinand
Bholai was shot and killed dur-
ing a robbery at his home early
The 40-year-old man was
asleep with his wife around 2 am
when three intruders broke into
their Cuche Village home.
The couple awoke as the men,
one armed with a gun, entered
their room. Demanding money
and jewelry, the men tied up the
couple as they stole jewelry, a
laptop, a television set and
Bholai s wife overheard a con-
versation one of the men was
having with someone on his cell-
phone. She told the police the
man was telling someone to come
and pick them up because it was
almost three o clock.
The men then took Bholai into
the living room. Bholai s wife said
shortly after she heard a gunshot.
Eventually, she managed to
untie herself and went to the liv-
ing room where she found her
husband bleeding on the ground.
His hands were still tied and his
Police said there was a gunshot
wound to the right side of his
Bholai s wife raised an alarm
and her brother-in-law, who lives
in an adjoining apartment, came
to her assistance.
However, Bholai was already
Visiting the scene was a team
of policemen headed by Supt
Hinds, including Insp George, Sgt
Mohammed and Sgt Downing.
Cpl Banwarie of the Biche
Police Station is investigating.
Fireman dies after
tree falls on car
Hilarion Ramlochan's car remains parked after a teak tree fell its hood
killing him on Saturday. PHOTO:RISHI RAGOONATH
Dr. Emmanuel Hosein
Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall
and the Coast Guard
Jones P. Madeira
Dennis McComie and the five
people who kept Radio 610 on air
during the insurrection
The hostages at the Red
House and at TTT
Canon Knolly Clarke
The Cadet Corps
Dr. Romesh Mootoo
Two die in
SPECIAL MEDAL OF HONOUR
Report: Compensate coup hostages
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