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1 October 2019
“The police service is a family and we really don’t want to ever forget anybody that’s fallen... It’s so important we remember them every year."
Thousands of police officers who have died while on duty have been honoured at the 16th annual National Police Memorial Day.
Members of the police family gathered at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on Sunday 29 September to honour the more than 4,000 officers who have lost their lives on duty. The names of those officers who have died in the past year were read out.
HRH The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of National Police Memorial Day, was among those attending the service, led by Canon David Wilbraham. He was joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel; Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, more than 40 Chief Constables and 1,500 police officers and family members.
Dorset Police Federation Secretary Ian Roe - pictured with Chief Constable James Vaughan - joined the police family at the service to honour those who have lost their lives. He said “It’s an honour to be here and to remember fallen officers. It’s a really humbling experience.
“The police service is a family and we really don’t want to ever forget anybody that’s fallen, either through being killed on duty or dying through the course of their duty. It’s so important we remember them every year.
“It’s also great for the families to see how they are part of the wider police family. They can see everybody coming together for this event and really remembering their lost ones.”
In the commemorative brochure, HRH The Prince of Wales said: “Policing in the United Kingdom has enormous pressures to contend with, no more so than on the front line. As society changes, so must the way in which we support and protect our communities. Your job is one of the toughest there is, and all too often your efforts go unrecognised.
“I am proud to be with you today, and I particularly want you to know how very much I appreciate all that you do, and the sacrifices you make. You and your families have a very special place in the heart of this Nation.”
During the service, candles were lit for officers in each of the four nations. Representing Scotland was Margaret Sinclair and her daughter Patricia, for PC Leslie Sinclair, who died in 1972 following a road traffic collision.
Representing England was Rumbie Mabuto and her children Kenny and Sophia, for DC Joe Mabuto, who died after suffering a heart attack on duty. Representing Wales was William Parker, son of PC Andy Parker, who was killed in a motorbike crash when travelling home after a night shift.
And representing Northern Ireland was Margo Hetherington, daughter of Reserve Constable Jacob Rankin, who was fatally shot in 1978 whilst on duty by terrorists.
Andrea MacDonald, Chair of the Scottish Police Federation, read the names of officers who have lost their lives during the past year: PC Joseph Robert Cooke and Sgt Colin Michael Fox, both of the Met; PC Daniel Clayton-Drabble, PC Kevin Flint and PC Andrew Harper, all of Thames Valley Police; and PC Roy Buggins, of Police Scotland. The service also paid tribute to US Special Agent Nole Remagen, who died while on duty in Scotland.
There was silence as petals of remembrance, representing all who have lost their lives, descended from the gallery as the Last Post was sounded.