Elisabeth gets emotional send off

POSTED: 09/15/11 12:45 PM

Kian Stenz, the son of the late Anthony Francisco Elisabeth aka Tommy & Chiki looks down at an image of his father while posing with Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte during the private ceremony inside the Police Station. (Leo Brown Photo)

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten- The body of Detective Anthony Francisco Elisabeth aka Tommy & Chiki was flown to his native Curacao Wednesday afternoon, following a memorial service at the St. Martin of Tours Parish Church. There was also a private ceremony for family, senior officers and politicians at the Philipsburg Police Station, during which Elisabeth’s photograph was placed on the wall by his son Kian Stenz with other deceased officers.

Wednesday’s memorial service was attended by Members of Cabinet, Members of Parliament, and representatives from across the judiciary and people from the community. Many also lined the streets as a procession that included the hearse carrying the deceased officer’s body, moved along Front Street. Elisabeth’s partner Grace Sprott and his daughter Anchantee Elisabeth were among the marchers, who were led by a hearse and officers in ceremonial uniform.

Many an officer paid tribute to the fallen officer during the viewing and tribute session. His life career was expounded upon further in the eulogy read by Inspector Carlyle Rogers. Chief Commissioner Peter de Witte also made remarks to convey the force’s sense of loss and their sympathy to Elisabeth’s family.

At the end of the service the deceased detective’s body was driven to the police station on E. Camille Richardson Street where the photo placing ceremony was held and his assembled colleagues gave him a final salute and to observe a moment of silence.

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