The father of a murdered police officer has backed requires a brand new posthumous award for emergency service staff who die within the line of obligation. Bryn Hughes has endorsed a brand new marketing campaign to steer the federal government to launch a brand new award for law enforcement officials, firefighters, paramedics and jail officers killed in service. Neither his daughter Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth, nor her colleague Fiona Bone, 32, from Sale, had been ever given such an award, though there are memorials to their sacrifice.
The two PCs had been murdered in a gun-and-grenade assault by fugitive Dale Cregan after he lured them to an tackle in Mottram-in-Longdendale close to Hattersley in September 2012. Now Bryn, a former jail officer, has joined a marketing campaign by the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file cops, and the Police Superintendents’ Association, for a brand new award to recognise fallen emergency service staff. He mentioned any awards must be backdated.
The campaigners are in search of Home Office approval and cross-party assist to reinforce the present honours and awards system, which they are saying fails to adequately replicate the dedication, dedication and sacrifice of those that misplaced their lives. The award envisaged is much like the Elizabeth Cross, which is awarded to the bereaved kinfolk of members of the British armed forces killed in motion.
Bryn, who has Nicola’s police quantity 14846 tattooed on his wrist, mentioned: “Police officers and emergency service workers like Nicola are human beings who go to work expecting to finish their shift then head home to see family. They willingly sign up to serve the public, knowing the dangers they might face.
“In my daughter Nicola’s case she was the tiniest factor, simply 5ft tall. When she died, a colleague instructed me: ‘she had the body of a lion cub, and the heart of a lion’.
“As a society, it’s only fitting and right we recognise her service and courage. I am backing this campaign as the creation of a new medal would fittingly honour fallen colleagues, and the families of emergency workers who have suffered a devastating loss.
“It would mean so much to so many for the government to officially show formal gratitude to Nicola and others and say ‘thank you’ to those who are killed because they have gone to work wearing a uniform.’
“Although it’s now a decade since we lost her, there’s not a day goes by I don’t think of Nicola. Nothing will ever make up for her loss, but this award would bring a large degree of comfort to me and a great many others and is long overdue.”
After dropping his daughter, Bryn performed a number one half within the profitable marketing campaign to determine the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which commemorates the 5,000 Police Officers who’ve died within the line of obligation through the years. He additionally runs the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, to assist kids whose dad and mom have been murdered.
Police Federation deputy nationwide secretary John Partington mentioned: “It is only right we should honour fallen colleagues and support bereaved families. Police officers and other emergency service workers willingly run towards danger while others run away.
“The present awards system doesn’t formally recognise emergency service staff who lose their lives whereas performing their duties, and all too usually formal state recognition shouldn’t be forthcoming. The proposed new medal wouldn’t simply recognise excellent particular person acts of dedication to obligation, it could additionally imply a lot to household, pals and colleagues.”
Paul Fotheringham, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, added: “Back in 2019, we called for an extension to the award of the Elizabeth Cross to those police families whose loved ones have died in the execution of their duty, and we continue to support the need for this formal recognition.
“Police officers and different emergency service staff dedicate years of their lives to making sure the protection of others, and typically this leads to probably the most tragic of sacrifices after they lose their lives within the line of obligation. It is true that our nation affords these folks, and their households, the worth they deserve by way of recognition of this sort.”
A spokesman for the Prison Officers’ Association said: “For too lengthy jail officers have considered themselves because the forgotten service. Now we’ve been recognised for the damaging work we do. The POA are proud to assist a marketing campaign that may recognise staff who need to face life threatening conditions at work. We symbolize a broad spectrum of courageous staff who need to be thought of for this award.
“I welcome POA members being included in the category to receive this award but pray I never have to apply for it on behalf of one of them.”
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