STAR Read­ers’ Choice Per­son of the Year Re­ceives Na­tional Award!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Toni Ni­cholas he man who STAR read­ers voted unan­i­mously for to be named our Read­ers’ Choice Per­son of the Year of 2015 was last Sun­day dec­o­rated with a na­tional award. Never did Carl­ton O’Chilly think that his heroic deed on Novem­ber 6, 2015 would pro­pel him from the sew­ers of Cas­tries to the big house on the hill - Govern­ment House.

TIt was a rainy Fri­day morn­ing that Novem­ber day and O’Chilly was run­ning his usual er­rands around Jeremie Street in Cas­tries, ob­serv­ing as the area quickly got flooded. He sprung into ac­tion clear­ing man­holes, and di­rect­ing traf­fic to avoid some of the more treach­er­ous pot­holes and man­holes. How­ever, his vig­i­lance was not as swift when it came to alert­ing one fe­male pedes­trian of the pit­falls of the flooded streets. But this the brave man made up for by putting his own safety at risk when the woman, who was preg­nant, fell into a man­hole cov­ered in murky flood wa­ters.

Think­ing noth­ing of his life, O’Chilly found him­self sub­merged, af­ter he called for oth­ers to as­sist. And, while he was able to prop the woman up while oth­ers pulled her out, ac­cord­ing to the story, he him­self was washed away be­neath the streets of Cas­tries, mov­ing through the maze of un­der­ground canals.

Af­ter what seemed like an eternity - or an hour or so - the young man emerged from an­other man­hole sev­eral hun­dred feet from where he had gone down, much to the amaze­ment of his friends and on­look­ers who im­me­di­ately crowned him a hero.

And so Sun­day’s of­fi­cial cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House, where Derek

Photo: Bill Mort­ley Wal­cott and Vaughan Lewis were also knighted, (see cen­tre pages) was for­mal recog­ni­tion of his brave deed.

Haggeus Carl­ton O’Chilly re­ceived the Saint Lu­cia Medal of Hon­our (Gold) “for an act of con­spic­u­ous courage in cir­cum­stances of ex­treme peril” from Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy on be­half of all Saint Lu­cians. A true hero in­deed!

Carl­ton O’Chilly im­mac­u­lately dressed in a white suit on which his shiny gold medal

was pinned.

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