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Resident insists 'good people' live in Trench Town, Arnett Gardens

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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UNHAPPY with the backlash the Kingston communities of Trench Town and Arnett Gardens have received following the recent deaths of two students, Donnette Dowe thought it was fitting to post Tremayne Brown's photo on social media in a bid to highlight that “good people” reside in those communities.

Last month, the communities were thrown into the spotlight when news broke that 17-year-old Mickolle Moulton, a student at Meadowbrook High School, was shot dead and her 12-year-old sister injured at their home in Arnett Gardens, while a 12-year-old boy was found dead at his home in Zimbabwe, Trench Town. The circumstances surrounding the boy's death are still unclear.

Dowe told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday that after 24-year-old Brown rescued 12-year-old Renaldo Reynolds from drowning in raging flood waters on Friday, she took a photo of Brown and posted it to social media.

“I wrote about his ordeal and said this boy needs to get a reward. After that, a just likes, likes and shares. I put it on Instagram and Twitter, not knowing that it would get such a huge response, even though I wanted it to. Persons started to contact me,” she said. “Trench Town had a bad stigma recently with the killing of the little girl and another child last week on Fourth Street.

“This young man risked his life and saved a child, the world needs to know,” Dowe explained.

Keith Dillon and Delano Myers aptly demonstrated Dowe's view that “good people” still reside in the communities, as they were among the men who believed that Brown and Renaldo were still alive and went into an adjoining gully in May Pen Cemetery to rescue them.

Last Friday, Renaldo, otherwise known as Didda, was on his way home from Jones Town Primary School during heavy rain when he was encouraged by a group of older boys, in the vicinity of Seventh Street, to jump into the flooded gully on Collie Smith Drive. He did, but while attempting to climb out of the gully he slipped and was swept away by raging floodwaters.

Brown, who is a labourer, was on a worksite at Boys' Town Community Centre when he heard residents screaming for help. On learning that a child was being carried away in the gully, without thinking twice he jumped into the raging water and held on to young Renaldo.

They were both swept away by the flood waters but Brown, who clutched Renaldo, managed to hold on to the branch of a tree that prevented them from being carried further into the gully. They were eventually assisted from the gully and taken to Kingston Public Hospital

On Tuesday, when the men revisited the cemetery, Dillon said when Brown and Renaldo were no longer in sight, the residents began to cry.

“Everybody a say them wash away and nobody can't find them. Four of us went in the direction where the water was pushing. When we start bawl out 'Didda, Didda', we get a response. When we go towards the sound and we see the youth them, it was an overwhelming feeling,” Dillon recounted. “The youth them alongside with me took them out of the gully. One of the youth them couldn't walk so we just take them up. One a di youth them hold the left foot while another youth hold the right and him arms around my neck and walk come up,” Dillon added.

According to Dillon, a taxi operator who plies the Collie Smith Drive route transported them to hospital.

Myers echoed similar sentiments: “I have three sons and when mi look and see him in the water, I had to give a helping hand,” he said.

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