DUTY called for two police officers and other members of Papua New Guinea’s Mt Hagen Mobile Squad 6 last weekend.
It took them out of the Tambul area in the Western Highlands province to provide security for the 2017 national election in neighbouring Enga province.
Obeying their call, constables Glenn Jimmy, Alex Kopa and their team served in Enga until fate met them at the front gate of My Kids Inn, Sangurap residential area, last Saturday morning.
And Constable Jimmy had left behind some poignant words on Facebook for his fellow PNG citizens.
The officers started off a new day preparing to tackle the usual struggles – the heat, crowd control, monitoring the counting area, officials and unexpected events.
Little did they know that day would be a tragic one for the Mt Hagen Mobile Squad 6 and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.
Walking out of their camp that morning, Constables Glen Jimmy and Alex Kopa – along with their colleague Constable Mathew Kassap – were hit by a hail of bullets from high-powered M16 rifles fired by Papua New Guineans who did not care about casualties.
The two gunmen were shot dead after mobile squad members reacted quickly.
However, while being rushed to Wabag General Hospital Emergency Unit for initial treatment before being evacuated by helicopter to Port Moresby, Constables Jimmy and Kopa died. Constable Kasap was left fighting for his life in a hospital in Port Moresby.
The family of late Constable Glenn Jimmy are left only with the memories. Who was Glenn Jimmy and how should we remember him?
Glenn Jimmy, from the Tongai Tribe, Menspi Clan, a small village of Panjin, was the eldest of three siblings.
Jimmy, a Christian, was a person of good character to those who knew him – a leader and God-fearing man.
He was the students council president during his time at the Goroka Technical College in 2013-14, prior to joining the police, and was an outstanding young man.
Constable Jimmy showed true patriotism in what he did when he made his final posting on Facebook:
“Being a cop it’s not a mistake, no matter what I will always be the servant to the public. If you asleep I’m awake thinking of your wealth for 2moro. I’m standing static guard to your properties (boxes) in any weather conditions. No matter how u criticizes us, I will still give the best to serve my citizens of the nation PNG until I leave. I’m 4 u PNG & die as PNG.”
Constable Jimmy’s testimony in the line of duty stands out and has been shared by many of his colleagues.
Jimmy leaves behind his two-year-old son, Simon, wife Hadassah – who is also four months pregnant – and his grieving parents and relatives.