An officer of the Ghana National Fire Service who perished after rescuing some two persons has been promoted posthumously to the rank of Assistant Division Officer Grade two (ADOII).
Assistant Station Officer (ASO) Joseph Baidoo drowned last week during a rescue operation to save three persons trapped in a 40-feet deep well at Gomoa Oboasi in the Gomoa Central District in the Central Region.
According to eyewitness accounts, the men were trapped while working in the well.
ASO Baidoo who was said to be eating at the time the distress call came from the community abandoned his food to lead a team of officers to the site of the well.
The deceased fire officer reportedly descended into the well around 8:30 a.m. and managed to rescue the owner of the well and the two workers, Nana Kwame and Nana Yaw, but fell into the well from a height and died as the rope around his waist loosened when he was being pulled out of the pit after the rescue operation.
At a one-week funeral ceremony for the late Fire Officer, Deputy Minister for the Interior and MP for Gomoa Central, Naana Eyiah, announced the promotion and added that government has also promised to sponsor the two-year-old daughter of the officer.
“Upon discussions with the GNFS, government has decided to sponsor the education of the child of the late ASO to University level,” she said.
Present at the solemn event were the MCE for Agona West, Director of Welfare of the Ghana National Fire Service, DCFO Mawusi Sarpong, the Central Regional Commander of the Ghana National Fire Service, ACFO1 John Amarlai Amartey, among others.