Day 60 – a milestone of tributes

Another milestone reached today as I am 60 per cent of the way to my goal of completing an Olympic-distance triathlon on 100 consecutive days on behalf of the UK Police Memorial.

After overcoming very sore calf muscles last week, the main issues have been feeling very stiff at the start of each one, feeling great on the run but then very tired for the rest of the day.

Day 60 was a very good example of this, but it is great to have a strong rhythm to the run at the end, which leads to feeling positive about the challenge.

After 60 days of tributes to fallen police officers and staff, I keep hoping there will be just one day in history when no-one has died on duty, especially at this festive period. But that never happens and it is painful to think of those families living through these anniversaries without their loved one.

Having spoken to a number of people who lost a son, father, or colleague on duty, one of which was 30 years ago, it is clear how important it is to build this fitting memorial to the sacrifice made, and the enormity of the loss.

Today I paid tribute to the police officers and staff who died on December 29. They are:

1859 – Police Constable Allen Mason – Surrey County Constabulary

1868 – Detective Sergeant James Kemp – Northampton County Borough Police

1870 – Police Constable George Waring – Metropolitan Police

1874 – Police Constable Francis Murphy – Royal Irish Constabulary

1903 – Inspector George Smith – East Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary

1906 – Police Constable George Hodson – Lancashire County Constabulary

1920 – Police Constable Martin Mullen – Royal Irish Constabulary

1926 – Superintendent Howard Beckwith KPM – Stockport Police Fire Brigade

1940 – War Reserve Constable George Gray – Metropolitan Police

1940 – War Reserve Constable Francis Taylor – Metropolitan Police

1972 – Detective Constable David Dench – Metropolitan Police

1973 – Police Constable Michael Logue – Royal Ulster Constabulary, GC

1984 – Police Constable Peter Deans – Avon & Somerset Constabulary

1984 – Police Constable Jonathan Stapley – Avon & Somerset Constabulary

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