TRINIDAD – Award for ‘Superboy’
Four-year-old hero to be honoured by nation
PORT OF SPAIN –– The four-year-old who braved a 300-foot precipice to seek crucial help for his mother and aunt after their car ran off the North Coast Road to Maracas last Tuesday may well be climbing into history as the youngest ever person to receive a national award when this country celebrates Independence next week.
Well-placed sources have indicated that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who has jurisdiction in adding her choice to the recommendations of the Awards Committee headed by the chief justice for bestowing national awards is considering hailing the heroics of little Kal-el Joel Alleyne of Santa Cruz with the award for gallantry.
On being told about the possibilities, Kal-el’s grandmother Stephanie Graham told Newsday yesterday: “I believe that he is supposed to get an award for that great act which he did for saving his mother and aunt, and I know it was an act of God. God led him up that precipice and God was in control of that whole situation. God is still in the miracle working business.”
Graham remained unceasing with her hugs yesterday for Kal-el who is spending time with her at her Santa Cruz home. Graham, a pastor at His Majesty New Creations Ministry, said yesterday she would not be surprised if her grandson was given the gallantry award.
She said she felt in her heart that he deserved it and although he might be too young to understand everything, she felt that it was divine intervention which had guided Kal-el to perform the act he did last Tuesday.
Sources revealed that the prime minister, after reading about Alleyne’s act of tackling the difficult terrain to climb out of the precipice to get help for his mother and aunt trapped and injured down below, is contemplating awarding young Alleyne at the ceremonies to be held on Monday on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of this country’s Independence. The gallantry award is usually bestowed upon persons who would have risked their lives or carried out some act to save the lives of persons, and if so bestowed, Kal-el will become the youngest person ever to receive a national award.
According to the boy’s grandmother, Kal-el appears to be overwhelmed by all the attention he is receiving from neighbours, friends and members of the public generally, but she and others are monitoring the situation and are hoping that when his mother Amanda is discharged from hospital they can both receive counselling.
Amanda’s sister Antonia who suffered broken ribs and other serious injuries is expected to undergo orthopaedic surgery shortly while Amanda was due to be discharged by today.
Newsday understands that the Graham family intend to have a thanksgiving service when Amanda and Antonia have fully recovered so that all those persons who assisted in their rescue could be invited and honoured.