Newham police and councillors remember fallen officer Pc Gary Toms
PUBLISHED: 15:13 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:13 22 April 2013
Police officers and councillors laid wreaths on Wednesday in tribute to a Pc who died trying to detain a burglar.
Pc Gary Toms, a firearms officer with CO19, lost his life at the age of 37 while he was on duty in Stratford four years ago.
He was called to reports of an aggravated burglary, possibly involving a firearm, on Saturday April 11, 2009.
The team managed to corner the suspect’s vehicle in Ashlin Road but Pc Toms was knocked to the floor while trying to stop the vehicle leaving, suffering fatal head injuries.
Newham Council worked with film director Michael Winner - chairman of The Police Memorial Trust - to create the memorial stone which was unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2010.
Supt Helen Millichap described Pc Toms as “a dedicated officer who was known for his professional attitude.”
Supt Simon Thomas said: “Every day armed and unarmed police officers are on the streets of London, putting themselves in harm’s way to keep the public safe.
“Gary’s tragic death is a reminder of the risks officers’ face - at today’s memorial it is essential to remember this and keep in our thoughts the loved ones Gary left behind.”
Deputy Mayor Cllr Lester Hudson was also in attendance with the council’s Director of Community Safety and former police Borough Commander Nick Bracken.
Cllr Hudson said: “It is always tragic when a member of the police service dies carrying out their role in protecting and defending the community.
“Pc Toms was doing his job with courage and dedication and his bravery and commitment will be remembered.”
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