25 September 2023
Representatives of Cumbria Police Federation have remembered the lives of fallen officers in Cardiff this weekend at the annual National Police Memorial Day.
More than 5,000 officers who lost their lives on duty were honoured at the event on Sunday 24 September.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ed Russell, Federation Chair, said: “Policing is a very difficult occupation. Some of our colleagues make the ultimate sacrifice for their commitment to protecting the public – whether that is protecting the people of Cumbria or the rest of the country. So it is important that we take that time, and put all other things aside, to remember those that have made that sacrifice.”
The names of those officers who had died in the past year were read out. They are PCSO Daniel Gower, of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary; Sgt Steven Creal, of Sussex Police; PC Richard Kemp, of Lancashire Constabulary; PC Bruce Lister, of Hertfordshire Constabulary; PC Neil Pattinson, of Northumbria Police; PC Andrew Boardman, of West Mercia Police; Insp Gareth Earp, of Dyfed-Powys Police; and Sgt Graham Saville, of Nottinghamshire Police.
During the service, candles were lit for officers in each of the four nations. Representing Wales was Dorothy Ellis, mother of PC Adrian Ellis, of Gwent Police, who died aged 29 on 27 September 1989 as a result of a road traffic collision.
Representing Scotland was David Taylor, son of PC George Taylor, of Strathclyde Police, who died aged 27 on 30 November 1976 after being attacked with an axe.
Representing England was Sid Mackay, father of PC Nina Alexandra Mackay, of the Metropolitan Police, who died aged 25 on 24 October 1997 having been stabbed by a wanted man. She was posthumously awarded the Commissioner’s High Commendation for Bravery.
Representing Northern Ireland were Mervyn and Dorothy Reynolds, parents of Constable Philippa Reynolds, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who died aged 27 on 9 February 2013 after the police vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by a stolen vehicle.
The service also heard a reading First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.
There was silence as petals of remembrance, representing all who have lost their lives, descended from the gallery as the Last Post was sounded.