It was chaotic when we first arrived. We saw civilians, police officers and rescuers trapped amongst the angry
rioters. The projectiles thrown at our direction injured us. Yet, we were determined to protect those in need to bring
them to safety in every ways we could. At one point, police officers were situated beside our Special Rescue Tender (SRT). While they protected the rest in the open, we offered our DART helmet, hoping that it would minimise injuries and for them fight on. Graciously, they stopped and offered the four of us a riot shield to protect ourselves.
In his uniform, he put on our DART helmet and continued his mission to prevent, deter and detect crime. In our uniform, we held on to the riot shield and discharged our duties courteously even when faced with the angry mob. As the SRT pierced through the lanes of Race Course Road, we were greeted by a large group of furious rioters.Trashcans, kitchenware, bricks and concrete slabs were being thrown at us leaving the windscreens and windows smashed. We suffered secondary injuries from the shatter. While we were in shock, we reminded each other to stay strong and unbeatable.
Above all, nothing stopped us from our call of duty. Bricks after bricks flew into our SRT through the side windows that were already smashed and our hands were already bleeding from the shattered glass bits. The rioters became angrier as we stayed put.
They moved physically closer and started to verbally threaten us. Even then, we were unsure of the rationale for their fury.All we knew was that we had to protect one another regardless of the extremity of the chaos. The situation worsened as they began to overturn the vehicles parked in front of the SRT.
The rioters started to walk towards us with firebombs in their hands. We had no idea what they were made of but we knew that it could
potentially set our SRT ablaze. We knew we had to leave the scene. As the other vehicles before us were overturned, the driver attempted to maneuver the steering heel but his hands were bleeding from the cuts caused by the shattered glass bits.
With no time to lose, the crew seated behind climbed to control the steering of the SRT. In that moment of anxiety, we hurried
through the maze of rioters and other vehicles that were destroyed.Our hearts were racing.Even as we drove back to base, we were worried for the rest of the crew still trapped at the incident site.We held on to our matra set and were ready to be re-deployed back to the incident side.