Six-year-old hero receives award for bravery - Family also gets assistance after deadly fire

December 05, 2019
Cory-Ann Palmer (centre) shows off the medal she received for her bravery. Sharing the moment are (from left) her aunt, Stacy-Ann Brown; Shamara Brissett-Gordon, education officer and QEC-36 convenor; Judith Moore, education officer and QEC-36 co-convenor; and David Smalling, chairman of Albion Primary and Junior High School.
Cory-Ann Palmer (centre) shows off the medal she received for her bravery. Sharing the moment are (from left) her aunt, Stacy-Ann Brown; Shamara Brissett-Gordon, education officer and QEC-36 convenor; Judith Moore, education officer and QEC-36 co-convenor; and David Smalling, chairman of Albion Primary and Junior High School.

A team from the Ministry of Education's Region Four Quality Education Circle 36 (QEC-36) on Tuesday morning made a special presentation to the family of the two boys who died in a fire which destroyed their home in Norwood, St James, in November.

The education team made the presentation at the Albion Primary and Junior High School carol service, held at the Hill View Baptist Church in Albion, St James.

The team also collaborated with the Albion Primary and Junior High school in honouring six-year-old Corey-Ann Palmer, the boys' sister, who single-handedly saved another sibling from the burning inferno.

Shamara Brissett-Gordon, education officer at Region Four and convener of the QEC-36, told THE STAR that the QEC is a tripartite agreement which focuses on the homes, schools and communities.

She said that members of the cluster presented the family with food, a bed, toiletries and clothing.

Principal of Albion Primary and Junior High, Dr Loraine Mokdie-Reid, said that they joined forces with the QEC-36 to honour Cory-Ann with a medal of honour and a plaque for her bravery.

"Also, all the principals within the (QEC-36) cluster have come together and made a significant donation to Stacy-Ann Brown, the aunt who is now taking care of Cory-Ann, seeing that her mother is still in police custody," she said.

A psychiatric evaluation was ordered for the mother, 28-year-old Shantel Brown, when she appeared in the St James Parish Court last month.

Brown is facing charges of child neglect in connection with the death of her two sons, eight-year-old Javanchi Lauderdale Palmer and one-year-old Tyler McLeod, and the injuring of her two daughters, Corey-Ann and Tailer McLeod.

The police reported that on the night of Friday, November 1, Brown was among a group of persons gallivanting along the roadway.

An alarm was raised that Brown's house was on fire. When the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that Brown had left her children inside the house.

Cory-Ann had managed to run from the blazing house and dragged Tailer with her. The charred remains of Javanchi and Tyler were later found.

Stacy-Ann told THE STAR that the family is now gearing up to rebuild the home, but they are strapped for cash and would like any form of assistance from members of the public.

She also expressed gratitude for the kind presentation.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the family can do so by contacting Brown at 876-836-5209.

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