Above and beyond......
Yesterday Police Constable Christopher Roberts fell in the line of duty, he was 47 and had three children.
On April the 18th 1995 a young Police Officer attended a disturbance at a house in Ilford, when confronted by three men he bravely attempted an arrest. He managed to apply one handcuff, but was shot in the chest.
This man was Police Constable Phillip John Walters, age 28.
On May the 21st 2004, a married Police Officer, father of one daughter, responded to assist other Officers who were trying to detain a man who was armed with a knife. He pursued the man along a canal path, and as he attempted the arrest he was stabbed in the heart and fatally wounded.
This man was Detective Constable Michael Swindells, age 44.
When you think of the men and women who have died in the line of duty, there is one thing of which you are certain, it is that to these brave Officers you pail in comparison, because they faced what you would flee from.
'Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps.'