Army veteran Lamin Manneh was left fighting for his life after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) while deployed in Afghanistan. After surviving his injury and defeating all the odds, Manneh – who’s now a triple amputee – has landed a new role with Visual Verification, one of the UK’s leading remote security monitoring specialists.
Manneh’s new position as a security monitor marks his first employment since being discharged from the Army.
“Life can throw challenges at you and it certainly did with me,” said Manneh. “However, I believe everything brings its own opportunities, and I was determined to make the most of the new future I faced.”
This fighting spirit helped Manneh to win a Bronze Medal at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida earlier this year. Organised by Prince Harry, the Games feature wounded and medically discharged servicemen and women from around the world competing in the sports arena.
Manneh was also part of Nick Knowles’ DIY SoS team, helping to transform an abandoned street in North Manchester into a veterans’ village, which is now known as Veterans’ Street. This event was supported by both Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge.
“My whole life has been about aiming to be the best I can, and having a job is no different,” Manneh continued. “Many people have supported me when times have been tough, so I owe it to them and my family to achieve all that I can.”
Mark Rooke, general manager at Visual Verification, stated: “In the short time he’s been with us, Lamin has impressed with his abilities and really positive attitude. He’s a great team player and we’re delighted to have him working at Visual Verification.”
Visual Verification is part of Security Monitoring Centres Ltd and UTC Climate, Controls and Security, itself a business unit within the United Technologies Corporation.