Trib­utes as se­nior of­fi­cer found dead

Thou­sands raised for PTSD char­ity as fam­ily re­veal dad ‘car­ried bur­den’ of time in forces be­fore death on Christ­mas Eve:

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A PO­LICE de­tec­tive and fa­ther-of-three died on Christ­mas Eve, po­lice have con­firmed.

South Wales Po­lice con­firmed that De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Terry Hop­kins died on De­cem­ber 24, aged 40.

DI Hop­kins, a for­mer sol­dier, was mar­ried and had three chil­dren.

His fam­ily has al­ready raised more than £7,000 for the char­ity PTSD Res­o­lu­tion, which helps UK Forces’ veter­ans and their fam­i­lies

The page says it was set up by “Terry’s Army” and con­tains a trib­ute from DI Hop­kins’ son Oliver.

Oliver ex­plains that his fa­ther joined the 9/12th Royal Lancers at the age of 16 be­fore join­ing the po­lice where he pro­gressed to be­come a ne­go­tia­tor.

He says his fa­ther had be­come “very un­well, suf­fer­ing with PTSD (Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der)” and died on De­cem­ber 24.

In the post, Oliver wrote: “My Dad loved his job, but be­hind the smiles he was car­ry­ing a bur­den of the sights he had seen and the events he wit­nessed, and be­came very un­well, suf­fer­ing with PTSD, and we lost him on Christ­mas Eve 2018.

“My Dad had taken me to visit amaz­ing places such as Paris, Rome and Krakow and would al­ways have a story to tell.

“He had lived a com- plete life vis­it­ing the places he wanted to visit and fa­ther­ing not only me but two twin girls as well.

“Through all this though he was a great sup­porter of the Armed Forces and the Army and was very grate­ful that he’d ex­pe­ri­enced the walk of the Somme, the camps in Auschwitz and would tell the sto­ries of both World Wars to an- yone who would lis­ten.

“The re­cent loss of him has af­fected us all and has put into per­spec­tive what some­one goes through men­tally af­ter leav­ing or be­ing in any Armed Forces.

“I do not want my Dad’s death to be in vain, nor do I want the bad to be re­mem­bered.

“Only the pos­i­tive. So, can you help me, help them that are suf­fer­ing?

“Three out of 100 sol­diers will suf­fer and show signs of PTSD in their life so let’s help raise money to stop this silent killer.

“My Dad was a good man who af­fected ev­ery­one he met in a pos­i­tive way.

“Along with this, he was also a MAS­SIVE Mar­vel fan in par­tic­u­lar Thor Rag­narok. So to jus­tify him and all he did in a Mar­vel quote I’ll say this – ‘That’s what heroes do’ (Thor, 2017).”

The page, rais­ing funds for PTSD Res­o­lu­tion, had more than dou­bled its ini­tial tar­get of £3,500 by Sun­day.

South Wales Po­lice said DI Hop­kins was sta­tioned at Barry CID and had pre­vi­ously worked in Cardiff and Pon­typridd.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Stu­art Parfitt, di­vi­sional com­man­der for Brid­gend and Vale of Glam­or­gan, said: “Terry was a fan­tas­tic de­tec­tive – hard work­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic and a great am­bas­sador for the com­mu­ni­ties of South Wales that he served.

“Terry was a hugely-re­spected mem­ber of my team and ev­ery­one is to­tally shocked and dev­as­tated to hear of his death. Our thoughts are with his fam­ily, friends and col­leagues at this very sad time.”

On Christ­mas Day, South Wales Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Matt Jukes wrote on Twit­ter: “This year South Wales Po­lice have lost a much val­ued of­fi­cer and friend to many.

“Same sense of pro­found shock in all mes­sages you wish they could have read.

“At this heart­break­ing time my thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends.”

On De­cem­ber 26, the na­tional chair­man of the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion John Apter wrote on Twit­ter: “Dev­as­tat­ing to hear of an­other tragic loss for the po­lice fam­ily over Christ­mas.

“When one of our own falls we all take a tum­ble.”

A num­ber of other of­fi­cers have taken to so­cial me­dia to pay trib­ute to DI Hop­kins.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Justin Evans said: “I have been bro­ken by this since hear­ing the news. I can­not con­tem­plate how his fam­ily feels.

“Terry was one of my DI’s and South Wales is a far worse place for his pass­ing.”

To do­nate, visit www.just­giv­­ing/ter­rys-army

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Terry Hop­kins who died on Christ­mas Eve

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