Magistrates Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, Douglas Frederick and Graveney Bannister today joined with police officers, staff and 32 recruits in paying tribute to late Station Sergeant Clifford Bridgeman.
A minute’s silence was observed in the District ‘A’ Court in memory of the deceased officer who was killed in a five-vehicle smash up on Carrington Road, at its junction with Edgecumbe Hill, St Philip around 6 p.m. Sunday.
“I have not recovered yet, I really haven’t come to grips with his death,” Police Constable Kenmore Phillips told Barbados TODAY.
Bridgeman and Constable Phillips were course mates when they first joined the Force back in July 1990.
“He was a wonderful and dedicated person. His death will leave an indelible mark and a void in the Royal Barbados Police Force,” PC Phillips added.
Earlier, Prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock had described the deceased officer as “a soft spoken but forceful person” who was “very serious and was very trustworthy”, while Police Constable Edrick Murray said Bridgeman was a “very nice, very cool, reserved person” who would be missed.
Bridgeman was the front seat passenger in a stationary police vehicle, driven by Acting Station Sergeant Orville Lovell, when 23-year-old Tre Murray of Spring Hall,
St Lucy, who was reportedly attempting to overtake a number of vehicles, struck three cars and slammed into the unmarked police jeep.
“It was heartbreaking to hear that he died in such a manner,” Station Sergeant Neville Reid told Barbados TODAY.
“He was a very nice person who was dedicated to his job and always treated people with respect,” he added.