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Police pay respects to officers who died while in service

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Amid the fun and fervour of Police Week, officers yesterday paused to honour their fallen comrades.

The memorial service was held at the Military Cemetery, tucked away on Alexandra Road, Devonshire, at the end of the Prospect housing complex.

Each year the BPS takes time out during Police Week to remember and pay their respects to men and women who passed while in service with the Bermuda Police.

Retired and former officers who have passed during the last two years were also honoured.

Shortly after 11am officers were joined by Governor George Fergusson, Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Wright, and the families of the deceased.

A minute of silence was held before a forlorn rendition of ‘Last Post' was played by trumpeter Major (ret.) Barrett Dill of the North Village Band.

Following a prayer by Bishop Lloyd Duncan, Commissioner DeSilva read the Roll Call, calling out the names of the 15 men and women officers who have passed since the year 2000.

Families of the deceased were then invited forward for the Laying of the Wreaths.

Those gathered were dismissed by Police Media Relations officer Dwayne Caines, who ended the service with a quote from Rossiter W Raymond:

“Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight”.

Officers bow their heads in silence around the memorial for deceased comrades during the Bermuda Police service Memorial service held at the Military Cemetery behind Alexandra Road in Devonshire
Governor George Ferguson lays a reef at the base of the Memorial for Deceased Comrades during the Bermuda Police Service Memorial service held at the Military Cemetery behind Alexandra Road in Devonshire.
Andrew Thomas and his mother Barbara, the son and widow of the late Constable Andrew Thomas, Carmen Herbert and Laila German, the widow and grand daughter of the late Timothy Herbert, Debbie Flood, the widow of the late Constable Richard Flood, were joined by Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva in front of the memorial for deceased comrades during the Bermuda Police Service Memorial service held at the Military Cemetery behind Alexandra Road in Devonshire.
Officers bow their heads in silence around the memorial for deceased comrades during the Bermuda Police service Memorial service held at the Military Cemetery behind Alexandra Road in Devonshir.
Constable Francis Blackman - St John salutes the memorial for deceased comrades during the Bermuda Police service Memorial service held at the Military Cemetery behind Alexandra Road in Devonshire.
In remeberance: Helped by her grandmother Carmen Herbert, ten- month-old Laila German lays flowers at the base of the Bermuda Police Service Memorial for Deceased Comrades in the Military Cemetary off Alexandra Road, Devonshire yesterday. Mrs Herbert's Barbadian husband, Timothy Herbert died while a serving Bermuda Police officer in 2005.

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Published October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 11, 2013 at 1:08 am)

Police pay respects to officers who died while in service

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