Police officer and Dominican working in Antigua heralded as hero

Raul Grell

A member of the Royal Antiguan police officer and Dominican living in Antigua and Barbuda-Corporal Raul “Greg” Grell-is being heralded as a hero four days after he saved the life of a drowning 80-year-old man.

While coming in from a round of fishing around 5 a.m., the officer said he heard a woman crying out for help. The officer rushed to the scene where he saw the head of a male figure who was struggling to stay afloat as he observed it bobbing up and down in the water.

“I didn’t hesitate. I just dived into the water immediately to his direction fully clothed and swam to him, he told OBSERVER Radio on Tuesday.

The officer said that he approached the elderly man from the back and grabbed him around his waist and pulled him to the surface of the water.

He explained that the man was so elated, the officer said, that he grabbed onto me, “and as he held onto me, [I had to tell him] to relax.”

Corporal Grell said that the man could not swim, so the officer had to tow him to shore.

“I put his hand around my waist and I told him ‘don’t panic, I got you’.”

The elderly man and his wife were on a boating excursion early that morning. At the docks, with his wife piloting the boat, the man attempted to reverse a two-door SUV to load the boat onto the trailer attached.

According to Corporal Grell, after the man had properly loaded the boat onto the trailer, he mistakenly kept the vehicle in reverse and accelerated, which subsequently launched the boat and the van into the water near the shore.

While the SUV was sinking, Grell said that the elderly man managed to come out of the vehicle.

Apart from the obvious initial shock from the ordeal, the man was not physically hurt.

This rescue, however, was not Corporal Grell’s first such heroic deed. The officer recalled another such instance in his hometown Dominica over 17 years ago.

He described rescuing a couple whose vessel had capsized. The duo also could not swim and thus Grell had to tow both of them safely to shore.

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16 Comments

  1. Genesis
    October 20, 2019

    Great job Corporal Grell

  2. October 18, 2019

    Bless you sir. Hope Antigua people can love us more.

  3. Egbert Vigille
    October 17, 2019

    Fine work officer God bless

  4. Jay
    October 17, 2019

    May the good Lord bless you as you have done a good deed to humanity!

  5. October 17, 2019

    God bless him and his fam

  6. Tobby
    October 17, 2019

    Cpl Grell should be given a honorary Dr rate of of swimmer. Good job my boi

  7. Hmmm...
    October 17, 2019

    Dominican & member of the Royal Antigua Police Force. We are indeed proud of you for this act of heroism.

  8. October 17, 2019

    Maximum Blessing to you Corporal Raul β€œGreg” Grell. God is really using you, and your works will be greatly rewarded. Maximum Big Up.

  9. October 17, 2019

    Great job may god bless you seems like you are here for a purpose
    why would any one give a thumbs down to a comment like this this is a man that save a life as I always say some of you have no feeling for a human life this guy have done a great job he save a life and some one just don’t like that.

  10. Maybe
    October 16, 2019

    God bless you continue your good deeds

  11. October 16, 2019

    This is what we call an Act-of-Kindness; actually kindness is even too weak for what you did, my brother; and I am glad that you are one of us, Dominicans

    • Bwa-Banday
      October 17, 2019

      Finally Elizabeth has earned a thumbs up fro meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ½. If she keeps doing good and remain sensible this is an indication folks are beginning to recognize good from evil in my land. Well done a Elizabeth. Take a BIG BOW!

  12. Bwa-Banday
    October 16, 2019

    Kuddos to you Officer Grell. You stood true to the call “To Protect & Serve”. May god bless and continue to protect you and family. Policing is not for the faint hearted and so those who choose to do so selflessly must be cherished. Jah bless

  13. Galileo
    October 16, 2019

    Great job, my buddy and classmate. This is what we know to do. Congratulations.

  14. i love the
    October 16, 2019

    Great is the Almighty for putting good people in the right place at the right time.

    Good work officer in the midst of so much harsh and dark days.

    we are proud of you

  15. Sher-Del
    October 16, 2019

    oh woww! you were definitely God sent!! I’m so happy for this elderly man! God bless you Corporal!!!

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