Little India Riot: First responders honoured on National Day

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers at the aftermath of the Little India riot at Race Course Road on Dec 9, 2013. 10 Home Team frontline officers, who were among the first to respond to the riot, were honoured in this year's National Day Aw
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers at the aftermath of the Little India riot at Race Course Road on Dec 9, 2013. 10 Home Team frontline officers, who were among the first to respond to the riot, were honoured in this year's National Day Awards. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Among those honoured in this year's National Day Awards are 10 Home Team frontline officers who were among the first to respond to last December's Little India Riot.

The officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were awarded the Commendation Medal for their outstanding leadership and resolve.

Sergeant Khyrul Noor Redhza of SCDF, who was nearly crushed when he went under the bus to pull away the body of a foreign worker who had been in an accident, was among the recipients.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Jonathan Tang, who rallied his officers to provide security cover for the SCDF officers as they extricated the body of the victim, is also an awardee.

"Despite the dangers and challenges that they faced, the officers were calm and steadfast in carrying out their duties," said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement.

A total of 424 Home Team officers, NSmen and Home Team Volunteers have been awarded the National Day Awards.