I will be a lawyer
Sunday, February 24 2013
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Sgt Hayden Manwaring is seen standing at attention at a passing out parade at the St James Barracks. ...
YOUNG Kedeal Manwaring’s dream is to become a policeman like his father, slain Sergeant Hayden Manwaring.
But Manwaring’s dream was for son Kedeal to become a lawyer and the 16-year-old boy told the Sunday Newsday that he has made a promise to himself that he would fullfil his father’s wishes as well.
Last Tuesday morning Kedeal a Form Five student of Presentation College, San Fernando, was dropped off to school by his father. Mere hours later, Manwaring was gunned down by four bandits in San Fernando when he, along with PC Nicholas Phillip, attempted to make arrests following a robbery.
Manwaring, 42, was a policeman for the past 17 years. Sunday Newsday visited the family on Friday. Wife Kim was not at home but the couple’s two children, Kedeal, 16, and Kyla, eight, were being hugged and consoled by maternal grandparents, Arnold and Carnita Alexander, Kim’s parents. Kedeal recalled his last moments with Manwaring, saying his father drove him to school each morning. And when on that fateful Tuesday he sat in the front seat, Manwaring did his duty as any father would — he counselled his son.
Kedeal said, “He gave me courage. And when he dropped me off, he told me ‘Study hard, study harder than you study yesterday.”
Manwaring left for work at the San Fernando Police Station, where he headed the Operations Unit with sole responsibility for co-ordinating quick police responses to criminal activity in southern districts.
Kedeal said he had been told how his father met his death and with each passing day, the outpouring of love from fellow police officers has consoled him.
At the wake, the story was told, when news of Manwaring’s killing echoed through wireless messages in police stations, police officers wept and one of their colleagues suffered a seizure.
Kedeal said his father wanted him to become an attorney.
“I use to help Daddy type information. We use to talk about some of the cases he had in court. He wanted me to study law and I made the choice that I will do what my daddy wanted me to do because he inspired me to love it whenever we discuss the cases he doing in court.” Kedeal said he has been wondering how he will cope with the grief, in a home where he would often see his father pour out his love and affection to his mother and his sister, Kyla and which is full of memories of his father.
A relative told the Sunday Newsday when Kadeal saw his father lying dead on the hospital bed, he threw himself on him and bawled: “Daddy, why you went to work for, Daddy...why?.”
The teenager said words cannot explain his love for his father, but promised that after he completes his secondary education, he would seek enrollment in the Police Service. Asked what best trait he would emulate from his father, Kedeal said: “Courage. I will be a policeman, then a lawyer. Because Daddy wanted to be a lawyer and he always said he (Manwaring) will start next year.”
Manwarring is perhaps one of the more decorated police officers in the Service, following his passing out from St James Barracks 17 years ago, in which he gained distinctions in Criminal Law and Police Duties. He was an avid runner and walker, and entered scores of sporting competitions at the Barracks, winning many of them.
On Friday, TT’s1976 Gold sprint Olympic medalist Hasely Crawford, visited the family to offer condolences. A full military funeral will be held for Manwaring at 9 am on Tuesday at his home in Couva. He will be interred at George Village, Tableland, where he was born.