Jordan’s beloved dancing policeman Hazza Thnebat dies

Published June 28th, 2016 - 10:59 GMT
Thneibat, the most famous traffic officer in Jordan, rather enjoyed busting a move on the job - as did everyone else, particularly those stuck in traffic. (Courtesy photo)
Thneibat, the most famous traffic officer in Jordan, rather enjoyed busting a move on the job - as did everyone else, particularly those stuck in traffic. (Courtesy photo)

The Jordanian Warrant Officer, Hazza Thneibat, passed away early morning on Tuesday, in the King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan.

Thneibat, known by Amman's road-users for his flamboyant style in controlling the capital's traffic, was transferred to hospital few days before because of a sudden decline in his health.

Thneibat, the most famous traffic officer in Jordan, was remembered for his dance moves which he used to direct traffic at busy intersections and Amman's landmark 'circles'. He was a fixture at his 'Al-Dakhlieh' station, one of Amman's congested circles

The celebrity cop even received official recognition for his civic duties and contributions to the community in the shape of awards and prizes, and was honoured by King Abdullah II.

Hazza Abd El-Hammed Thneibat began his colorful career in public security in 1966, serving until 1984. He was married three times, with two of his wives passing before him, and he provided for 12 people.

 

Social media has reacted to the loss of Jordan's most famous dancing police man, with Thneibat's name trending on twitter and entertainers such as Ahmad M. Massad saying "The love story between you and organizing traffic doesn't end... And now you've left us, you who drew smiles on the faces of Jordanian people."

 

Massad added that Thneibat was "an example to every traffic cop" and "taught everyone about the possibility to become creative and distinctive in whatever you do."


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