By Ewalt Ainsworth

Georgetown came alive over the weekend that New York City Cop, Randolph Holder age 34, was laid to rest in his homeland, Randy in his contract of service with the New York City Police Department, had a living will and requested that he be funeralised in Guyana and all of his hearts desires were met and fulfilled by his peers family and employers.

Randy’s home coming service attracted, more than 100 uniform squaddies. All local law enforcement and auxiliary units were mobilised and President Granger and Cabinet were in full attendance. Also the Us Ambassador and other members of the Diplomatic core and Caricom participated. 

From all estimates the mourners shelled more than three million US dollars to cover their boarding, lodging and other related expenses while in Georgetown. Fly Jamaica brought in two charters of relatives and friends of the deceased and the Marriot Hotel for the first time was over booked.

A man on the street observed that Opposition Leader Bharrat jagdeo and his confederates from the PPP were noticeably absent.  The person warned that Jagdeo should have nothing to fear because the chartered airlines did not have space to take back alleged convicts and those fleeing from justice in North America.

One of the take away lessons from the funeral is that ‘ there is dignity in diversity’.  The uniformed policemen that came to Guyana were from several states and regions in the USA.  They were commissioned and non-commissioned.  They were black and they were white. Some were males and some were females and among them all, 13 different languages were spoken and this should have been a glorious opportunity for Mr. Jagdeo to come out and show that “black lives matter”.


It should be noted too that the Guyana Police Force came out overnight to clean up the cemetery and route for the funeral cortege all as a symbol of love and dignity for the fallen hero: Mr. Randolph Holder.

This writer went to high school with his father Neal at Buxton and also knew him when he worked in the Finance department at Cove and John precinct.  His father before him was also a cop.

And before leaving on Monday back to New York, the police force received a handsome package of security vests, telecommunication equipment and offer to return to help train local law enforcement officials in modern police tactics and rudiments.

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