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The ceremony was lead by Deputy Chief Constable Richard Debicki with our force volunteer multi-faith chaplain, Ant Howe and a bilingual reading from Lowri Roberts.
A minutes’ silence was held at 11am to remember police officers, friends and colleagues who have been killed or died whilst on duty.
D.I. Katie Ellis said “Today in a local service, we marked National Police Memorial Day for those that were unable to attend the national service in Lincoln. During the service we pause to remember our colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice, who went to work but never came home. It is also a time to think of those that they have left behind who will remain part of the policing family forever.”
In attendance were the wife, mother and father of PC Andrew Parker, who was tragically killed in a road traffic collision whilst travelling home from duty on September 23rd 2005. Also present was the son of Richard Charles Gostage, who tragically died in 2006 whilst on duty when his unmarked police motorcycle crashed on the A5. Both families lit a candle in memory of their loved one.
One of the aims of National Police Memorial Day is to demonstrate to relatives, friends and colleagues of fallen officers that their sacrifice is not forgotten and we were happy to have Andrew and Richard’s families join us today to remember them, as well as our other colleagues who have lost their lives in the line of duty.