A very sad day indeed. Thoughts with David’s family, friends and colleagues.

Mental Health Cop

PC David Rathband 1968 – 2012

It is tragic to get up this morning and learn of the death of PC David Rathband whose life was irrevocably changed in July 2010 when he was shot and blinded in an unprovoked attack with a firearm.

He was found dead at his home in Northumberland last night and I’m sure everyone’s thoughts are with his family, his friends and his colleagues in Northumbria Police at the news of this tragedy for them.  I’m especially mindful of his children to whom it was clear he was devoted.

David’s actions in the immediate aftermath of being shot were heroic as he continued to do his job, not just to get himself urgent help but to start ‘policing’ the event despite horrendous injuries.

I defy anyone to suffer such a life altering event without suffering massive personal costs, of various kinds; and we know that…

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