JUTC employee among those honoured yesterday

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JUTC employee Annette Howard was among the over 100 who were honoured yesterday at the Kings House. Howard was awarded the Badge of Honour for assisting passengers who were aboard American Airlines Flight number 331, which crash landed near the Norman Manley International Airport on December 22, 2009.

The awards were presented in various categories including the Order of Jamaica, Order of Distinction (OD) in the ranks of Commander and Officer, the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service and the Badges of Honour for Meritorious, Long and Faithful Service.

Five Jamaicans received the nation's fifth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica, for outstanding contribution in the fields of public service, community development, education, and diplomacy.

They are the Very Reverend Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon for service to community development and the care of the poor and disadvantaged; Arnold Foote, for service in advertising, sports and diplomacy and Dr. Marshall Hall, for public service and contribution in the fields of agriculture, industry and education.Professor Emeritus Sylvia Wynter, was awarded for service to education, history and culture; and Ambassador Sue Cobb, received an Honourary Award for Service as United States Ambassador to Jamaica and her continuing efforts to promote Jamaica's interests and support development.

Additionally, 18 persons were conferred with the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander (CD), including Dr. Marion Bullock-DuCasse, for service to the heath sector, particularly in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.Ken Chaplain (OD) continued the list of awardees, bestowed with the Order of Distinction, Commander class for his achievements in journalism, public service and sports.Honorary Justice Howard Cooke, for service to the judiciary; Joseph Mayer Matalon for contribution to the private and public sectors and community service; while Karl Young was honoured posthumously for contribution to broadcasting and the promotion of reggae music.Lee Roy Bailey, Major Frederick Barnett and Carlton Chin were among 29 persons, who received the Order of Distinction in the Officer class (OD).

The list also included Merline Daley, who was awarded for her contribution to the insurance industry, local government and community development; Barrington Gordon for contribution to broadcasting; Lorraine Fenton for contribution to athletics; and Cleveland Stewart for contribution to public service and community development.

Meanwhile, the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service was conferred on 17 persons for their contribution to community service and development, education and public service; and 25 others received the Badge of Honour for Long and Faithful Service.Three Jamaicans were conferred with the Badge of Honour for Gallantry, including two members of the uniformed service, who received the award posthumously.

They were Constable Jason Davis and Sergeant Wayne Henriques, for their courage in going to the assistance of injured colleagues, who had come under heavy gunfire from criminals in the vicinity for Excelsior High School on May 23, 2010.