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Memorial for former Northumbria Police officer

03 Jan 2018 12:00 PM

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A service has been held to honour a former Northumbria Police officer who was tragically killed while on duty in Canada.

 

On Friday (December 29) respects were paid to John Davidson, with his family travelling to see his name unveiled on  the Force’s Memorial Wall, based at Middle Engine Lane Police Station in Wallsend.

 

The memorial serves as a reminder to all of the dangers of the role of a police officer and the ultimate sacrifice some have made while carrying out their duty.

 

During a short, non-religious service, PC Davidson’s wife Denise, his three children Drew, Dina and Fay, together with other family members, were joined by ex-colleagues and friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                        

Temporary Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “It was a privilege to welcome John’s family and friends to honour his life and the significant contribution he made while serving as an officer with Northumbria Police.

 

“John, tragically, was killed while going about the duty of public service we all hold so very close to our hearts.”

 

He added: “When you join Northumbria Police you became a member of the Force family and that doesn’t change when you move on.

 

“John’s former colleagues, many of whom considered him a good friend, continue to speak with warmth and affection about a man who, was clearly dedicated to his role.”

 

PC Davidson served with Northumbria Police from 1993. He worked as a 24/7 response officer in Byker, Whitley Bay and North Shields, latterly taking on the role of a specialist motor patrols officer.

 

In 2006, he left and moved to Canada, where he served with Abbotsford Police Department.

 

On November 6, he was tragically killed going about the duty of public service he believed in so strongly