ADT honours fallen colleagues at Wall of Remembrance

August 2012 News

A Wall of Remembrance was officially opened at the ADT Head Offices in Sandton in July this year. Family members were invited to attend and, along with ADT staff, reflected on the lives of 14 staff members who died in the line of duty over the past six years. The deceased commemorated on the wall include 11 reaction officers, two security guards and a technician.

Acting HR regional manager ADT Central’s Ashleigh Larthe was instrumental in this long-awaited memorial wall coming into being. “A reaction officer said to me one day that he felt it unfair that when a colleague dies we all go to the funeral and then that person becomes nothing but a memory. This is unfortunately true and I knew we could do more to honour staff we had lost in the line of duty; and so the Wall of Remembrance came into being.”

Danna Strydom, managing director ADT South Africa, with staff at the opening of the Wall of Remembrance.
Danna Strydom, managing director ADT South Africa, with staff at the opening of the Wall of Remembrance.

In an address to the guests, Lucas Zulu, ADT Reaction Force manager, Edenvale, said the deceased ADT reaction officers protected their clients, triumphed over brutal criminals and liberated our communities against crime. “Each of them knew what their duty was, but surely each of them also dreamed of going home to people they loved and the life they cherished. To the families of the loved ones who defended our communities in the war against crime, we owe a debt we can never fully repay. ADT will not forget their sacrifice and dedication in fighting for a peaceful and free country.”

Zero Harm, an ADT initiative to improve safety standards and increase environmental awareness in the business, remains a strong focus for ADT. Roy Rawlins, MD, ADT Residential & Small Business, commended those involved in this initiative. “Let our Wall of Remembrance be a stark reminder of how important safety is and let us work together to meet our Zero Harm targets.”

For more information contact ADT, 0860 100 911.

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