KOTA KINABALU: Setinurafeni Andu (pic) will always be proud of her police commando husband Kpl Razkan Seran for doing his job until the end of his life as bodyguard to Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis.
He was among six people killed in the helicopter crash in Semenyih on Saturday.
Razkan was found with his arm around the Rompin MP by rescuers at the scene of the crash.
"A member of the forensic team saluted me when I arrived to identify Razkan at the mortuary.
"I was surprised. He then told me that my husband did his job until the very end in guarding Jamaluddin.
"He was found with his arm around Jamaluddin,’’ said 30-year-old Setinurafeni in an interview on Monday at her family home in Kg Sg Damit in Tuaran about 40km from here.
"I feel good and proud that Razkan did his job until the very end. Even when his body bag was opened I could see his hand with his favourite bracelet.
"I knew it was him,’’ added the mother of two children - Ahmad Qais, 2, and Nur Aqilah Darwisyah, 6.
While their youngest son might not be aware of what was happening, Nur Aqilah said that her father had moved to a new house after seeing him placed inside a coffin before an RMAF flight back to Sabah.
"I don’t know if she understands what’s happening but she thinks that her papa has gone into a new house,’’ Setinurafeni said, adding that since she had returned to the family home, Nur Aqilah has been busy playing with her cousins.
Setinurafeni said her husband was always away at work and the family was quite used to him not being around at their home at the police barracks in Wangsa Keramat.
"The last I saw him was at 3am on Thursday after he accompanied Jamaluddin to attend a funeral of an aide to the Prime Minister. He left at 7am,’’ she said.
Initially, when Setinurafeni heard of a helicopter crash on Saturday, she said did not suspect anything, and was only thinking that there were too many crashes happening of late.
"My mother called me to inform me that a helicopter ferrying Jamaluddin had crashed. By then, my neighbours started to knock on my door, and by 7.30pm, I knew I had lost my husband,’’ she added.
Setinurafeni said she was able to cope with her loss after many people including Jamaluddin’s widow, the Sultan of Pahang, and VVIPs were at the airport to comfort her.
"The Sultan prayed with me. Jamaluddin’s wife said that we all must have strength to cope with loss. May be I have grown stronger with their prayers to cope with my loss,’’ said Setinurafeni, who married Razkan in 2008.
Razkan, whose family lives in neighbouring Kg Saradan in Tenghilan, was buried at the Kg Sg Damit cemetery close to his wife's home at about midnight on Sunday.
Razkan joined the police force in 2003 and served with the Federal Reserve Unit before joining the Unit Tindakan Khas (Special Action Force) in 2008, and was assigned as bodyguard to Jamaluddin in 2013.