Police officer Gheorghe Ionescu was posthumously promoted to sub-inspector by order of Minister of Internal Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, for heroic deeds and sacrificing his life on mission.
“On behalf of my own and of the management of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, I express the deepest regret for the loss of our comrade. In this tragic moment I convey my entire compassion and solidarity to all those who were close to our colleague Gheorghe Ionescu. Sincere condolences to the mourning family and colleagues,” reads Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea’s message, as cited in Friday release of the Ministry to Agerpres.
According to the release, the Vice-Premier discussed personally with the officer’s wife on Friday morning, and instructed the necessary measures for her to be included on the payroll of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs, as per the support measures for police officers with a disability and their families, or the families of deceased police officers.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs will organize the military funeral and will provide the family with everything necessary in such tragic circumstances.
Minister Gabriel Oprea and the senior personnel of the Ministry will attend on Sunday the religious service for the interment of the posthumously honored sub-inspector Gheorghe Ionescu, the Ministry announced.
The posthumously advanced sub-inspector Gheorghe Ionescu, who fell on duty, was 44 years old, married and had worked for 23 years with the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The police officer died Friday morning at the Floreasca Emergency Hospital where he had been placed in induced coma after having sustained severe injuries in the night of August 2 in an accident caused by a Turkish businessman driving under the influence .
Early this August, Turkish business man Abdullah Atas disregarded the officer’s signalling to stop, bumped the car into the officer, dragging him on the car’s body for 400 m. The officer fell on the road surface.
Atas was driving under the influence and continued to drive for nearly 3 more kilometres from the scene, to Pipera, where he hit a fence.
“The death was recorded at 07:00hrs, AM. More details will follow after we discuss with his family,” Spokesman for the Floreasca Emergency Hopsital Bogdan Oprita told Agerpres.
The officer, who had been in a coma for almost three weeks, went into cardio-respiratory arrest.
IGPR: Officer Ionescu was a noble soul devoted to his profession
The Romanian General Police Inspectorate (IGPR) has announced the death of highway Police officer Gheorghe Ionescu from injuries he sustained in a car accident on August 2. In a press statement on Friday, it says the officer was a noble soul devoted to his profession.
“Our hero. It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of our colleague and friend, Police Deputy Inspector Gheorghe Ionescu of the Bucharest Highway Brigade. An exceptional professional, a noble soul devoted to his law enforcement profession, fully devoted to family and his life goals, has left us forever, leaving a huge hole in our hearts and souls as well as eternal sadness and regrets,” IGPR says in its statement released on Friday.