Policeman Gheorghe Ionescu, posthumously promoted to sub-inspector, who passed away on Friday morning at the Bucharest Floreasca Emergency Hospital, where he was kept in induced coma ever since he was injured, on the night of August 1 to 2, in the line of duty, was buried on Sunday with military honours.
The ceremony was attended, alongside his family, colleagues, friends, by the Internal Affairs Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, the Romanian Police head, Petre Toba, by chiefs of departments and directorates with the Romanian Police Inspectorate General, police unionists.
The coffin wrapped in the three-coloured national flag was laid in the pit on the music of the National Anthem, in applause of the audience.
During the burial ceremony, three shots were fired by the Mihai Viteazul 30 Guard Infantry Regiment in memory of Post Mortem sub-inspector Gheorghe Constantin, declared national hero.
President Klaus Iohannis has conferred the National Order of “Faithful Service” in the rank of Knight to Gheorghe Ionescu, posthumously promoted to sub-inspector “for heroic deeds and for having sacrificed his life in the line of duty.” Decoration was a result of the proposal by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Gabriel Oprea.
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 1 to 2 in an accident caused by a DUI driver. Turkish businessman Abdullah Atas disregarded Ionescu’s signalling to pull over, bumped the car into the officer and dragged him onto the car’s bonnet for 400 m. The officer then fell on the road surface.
Fallen on duty police sub-inspector Gheorghe Ionescu was 44 years old, married and had worked for 23 years with the Ministry of Internal Affairs