Seventh anniversary of Pc Gary Toms’ death marked at memorial service
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Newham police officers and councillors laid a wreath in memory of the policeman who died in the line of duty.
Pc Gary Toms, a firearms officer with CO19, suffered a fatal head injury while on patrol in Stratford in 2009.
He had been called to reports of an aggravated burglary, possibly involving a firearm, with his colleagues.
During the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle was cornered in Ashlin Road but Pc Tomms was pushed to the floor while trying to stop the car, resulting in a fatal head injury.
The 38-year-old, who had served with the Metropolitan Police for seven years, died in hospital six days later.
Yesterday’s service was held at the memorial stone to Pc Gary Toms and was attended by officers from firearm command and the territorial support group.
In his eulogy, Borough Commander Tony Nash, said: “His colleagues remember Gary fondly, recalling his sense of humour, his loyalty to his friends and to those he worked with his dedication to the Met.”
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Deputy Mayor of Newham Cllr Lester Hudson said: “This is a very sad occasion remembering the tragic death of dedicated officer Pc Gary Toms.
“It is important that we remember the deaths of officers who died while carrying out their duties, serving our communities with such bravery and courage. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”