The road traffic militia in the Republic of Belarus was established on 3 June 80 years ago. Before his retirement major Gennady Makarenko worked in the road traffic militia for 20 years. On June 19 he celebrated his 85th birthday, thus, he is five years loder than Belarusian traffic militia. He's got much to recollect and to tell about: he witnessed the WWII; did his service in marine aviation; was conferred on the Medal For Battle Merit; he remembers the first militia car in Mogilev region branch and was once a driver of Masherov.
Gennady Makarenko was born on June 19, 1931 in Mogilev. He was 10 when the Great Patriotic War began. The private house he lived in was situated in Lev Tolstoi Street. Children witnessed all horrors of the war with their own eyes.
Gennady Makarenko completed secondary school when the war had ended. Then he graduated from Plekhanov vocational school, worked at "Strommashina", then was a driver, first - at Mogilev bus station, then - of an ambulance car.
After having been in Naval Intelligence for 3 years, Gennady Makarenko returned to Mogilev, and in June of 1967 started to work at the local road traffic militia. His first working place was the well-known checkpoint at the bridge over the Dnieper River.
For 6 years Gennady Makarenko worked as a senior inspector; his main duties were agitation and propaganda work.
During 5 years (1975-1980) he was a traffic inspector of the Internal Affairs Department of Leninsky district executive committee of Mogilev. Now his responsibility was extended: besides propaganda, he carried out vehicle technical inspection. "His patrol car was always shining, being an example for drivers!", his colleague said.
During 1980-1982 Gennady Makarenko worked as a senior inspector of the Mogilev Central Regional Department of Internal Affairs. He had always protected peace and order in the city streets, and was tough with offenders. Many drivers knew this man of principle by sight and even were afraid of him.
Before the retirement Gennady Makarenko worked as a senior inspector of the special division. He retired in March of 1987 as a major.
Gennady Makarenko was conferred several medals: the Medal For Battle Merit, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Veteran of Labour, and some others.