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