Constable Anthony Kendang and his colleagues, from the Superintendent Operations Office in Boroko, were responding to an armed robbery at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Port Moresby on Monday morning.
During the robbery, an armed suspect shot him. Luckily, the bullet missed his heart when it hit his mobile phone and power pack, which was in his pocket at the time of the incident.
The lucky police officer was saved by a mobile phone, which acted as a shield for his heart when the bullet was fired.
Constable Kendang’s phone was destroyed during the incident, but he received a new Alcatel Idol 3 smartphone from Digicel yesterday.
When presenting the mobile to Constable Kendang, Digicel’s Retail Director, Lorna McPherson, said: “Constable Kendang is a true hero for putting himself on the line to ensure the safety of our community”.
“As a way of expressing our gratitude for Constable Kendang’s efforts, Digicel and OCL are proud to provide him with a new smartphone.
“The Alcatel Idol 3 is a top-of-the-range 4G mobile phone valued at K1,000 and is a small token of our appreciation for the incredible work Constable Kendang has carried out in Port Moresby.”
Speaking on behalf of OCL, national sales manager Philip Yam also thanked Constable Kendang for his bravery and contribution in maintaining order within Port Moresby.
“Such act of bravery and commitment, as shown by Constable Kendang, goes to show the good work that the police are doing within our communities.
“We must know that there are good citizens out there willing to risk their lives to ensure that our communities are safe,” Yam added.
NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Banjamin Turi, and members of the Superintendent Operations Office in Boroko, witnessed the small presentation at the Digicel Head Office in Gordon’s, Port Moresby.