Police pays tribute to fallen members

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Nine fallen members of the Ministry of Police and Prisons were honoured during the Police remembrance day ceremony, held on Thursday. 

On the 29th of September every year, members of the Ministry of Police and Prisons pay tribute to their fallen colleagues.

“A day of celebration and a day of remembrance for the sacrifices they made whilst employed with the Ministry. 

Today, MPPC remembers nine (9) of its members who died while on duty in the past year, Superintendent Vaovasaomanaia Lapi Filo; Superintendent Enele Tiatia; Senior Sergeant Sefo Kelekolio; Constable Vaafuti Patu; Constable Tivoli Paga; Constable Tavita Vili and three civilians Aniterea Tavita; Lemo Leaupepe and Petelo Iakopo. 

In remembrance of these nine members and members before them, the Ministry held a full parade starting from the Headquarters towards in front of the government building with the raising of our National Flag. The commemoration was then followed by a Remembrance service at the National University of Samoa’s Gymnasium. 

The Remembrance Service saw the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Ponifasio in attendance giving the keynote address of the day, offering his sincerest condolences to families and loved ones of the remembered members. He also acknowledged all Samoa Police, Prisons and Correction Services members for the ongoing sacrifices they make every day to keep Samoa safe. 

In memory of the nine (9) members, their loved ones were presented with certificates, candlelight was blown, as well as a moment of silence was observed. All in honour of the fallen! 

As we remember those that have gone before us, we remember those who continue to fight for our safety and freedom! Police Remembrance Day is commemorated annually around the world. Lest we forget!