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West Midlands Police Federation’s interim chairman has expressed his sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Metropolitan Police officer Keith Palmer who was killed in the Westminster terror attack yesterday.
Tom Cuddeford echoed the views of national Federation chairman Steve White who said news that a police officer had died while protecting Parliament had left colleagues and the public numb.
“Regardless of which force we serve, we are all part of the police family and when we lose one of our own it hits us hard,” says Tom, “PC Palmer died doing the job he joined up to do – serving the public, fighting crime, keeping peace and protecting the vulnerable.
“He showed the brave qualities that exemplify all our police officers and sadly paid the ultimate price. We all go to work expecting to come home again and our families have a reasonable expectation that we will return to them at the end of our shift.
“Tragically, PC Palmer’s wife and children now know he will not be coming home and we send them our heartfelt condolences. Our sympathies are also with his wider family, his colleagues, the families of the other victims and also all those people injured yesterday.”
Steve White said in a statement issued hours after the incident: “No words can capture how members of the policing family will feel after today’s horrific events.”
He added: “We have lived in the knowledge that an attack on UK soil has been highly likely for nearly three years. Everyone is firmly aware of this fact, but it makes it no less shocking when it becomes a reality.
“This incident highlights the very real risks that police face each and every day. Officers will tonight take the opportunity to hug loved ones and seek comfort in the company of friends and family. But one will not. The pain of that officer’s family, friends and colleagues will be shared by us all.
“Our hearts go out to their family and our thoughts are with them and their colleagues at this terrible time along with others who have been injured today.”
The Metropolitan Police Federation has launched a Memorial Fund in memory of our fallen colleague PC Keith Palmer.
Should you wish to, you can donate on the dedicated Just Giving page.
Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: "The entire police family is in mourning at his death, and this memorial fund enables people to donate in Keith's memory. He was simply doing his job."