Memo­rial stone to ‘re­mark­able’ po­lice of­fi­cer is un­veiled by PM

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A “RE­MARK­ABLE” po­lice con­sta­ble killed in the line of duty rep­re­sented “ev­ery­thing we trea­sure” in the force, said the Prime Min­is­ter.

To­gether with Geral­dine Win­ner of the Po­lice Memo­rial Trust, Theresa May un­veiled a memo­rial stone in hon­our of mar­ried fa­ther-of-two Dave Phillips, 34, in­set, who was mown down and killed by a teenage car thief in Oc­to­ber 2015.

Pc Phillips’s widow Jen and young daugh­ters Abi­gail and So­phie at­tended the ser­vice at Hamilton Square in Birken­head, Mersey­side, along with the of­fi­cer’s other fam­ily mem­bers, friends and col­leagues.

It was the 42nd memo­rial to a fallen po­lice hero and the first on Mersey­side by the trust founded by the late movie di­rec­tor Michael Win­ner.

Theresa May told those gath­ered: “Pc Phillips epit­o­mised the very best of ev­ery­thing we trea­sure in our po­lice­men and women. Com­pas­sion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, that over­whelm­ing ethos of ser­vice and the ex­tra­or­di­nary self­less­ness that meant day in and day out he saw it as his duty to risk his life for the safety of his com­mu­nity. “It was that duty and those re­mark­able qual­i­ties that led Pc Phillips to take on a crim­i­nal driv­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle that fate­ful night. It was that duty and those re­mark­able qual­i­ties that led him to make the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.”

She added: “I have dreaded the mo­ments when the news comes through to me that one of our po­lice­men and women have been killed in the line of duty but that pales into in­signif­i­cance when com­pared to the dev­as­tat­ing loss suf­fered by his fam­ily.”

Mrs May said the memo­rial pro­vided a place for peo­ple to re­mem­ber a “lo­cal boy who be­came a na­tional hero”.

PIC­TURES: PA.

‘UL­TI­MATE SAC­RI­FICE’: A memo­rial stone to Pc Dave Phillips, who was killed by a teenage car thief, has been un­veiled in Birken­head.

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