Police mourn loss of Assistant Superintendent Fitzroy Yearwood
Assistant Superintend of Police Fitzroy Yearwood was the face of the department for many years as he served in the capacity of Communications Director. Yearwood worked closely with the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and also held the title of Police Press Officer. Today, ComPol Williams weighed in on Yearwood’s passing and explained that he lost not only a colleague, but also a friend.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “When I got the news of him being in the hospital it certainly was a shocker to me. I told his wife I said please don’t take it bad but I will not be able to visit Fitzroy in the hospital and I explained to her the reason why and one of the reasons was simply because I watched my mom in hospital for many weeks and at this time I don’t want to go to hospital to see anybody because it brings back memory of her to me and the wife was able to understand my reasoning. Nonetheless I was in constant dialogue with her as well as other doctors to see what if anything could have been done to save Fitzroy and I was told that due to the severity of his illness that there was little to nothing that could have been done and we just have to pray. And so we prayed but at the end of the day God took him home and who are we to question him ? He knows best. Perhaps the good lord needs a PR officer beside him to communicate with him and so we will see the good messages that will be coming to us from the lord through Fitzroy. He will remain in our hearts, in our minds for many many years to come and we will always honor and cherish the memories we have of him and certainly we do hope that his soul rests in perfect peace as he sleeps on.”
ASP Yearwood has been a member of the Belize Police Department since August 1996.