Service for killed officer

Police officer killed in the line of duty remembered at memorial service

A service of remembrance took place to mark the 50thanniversary of a fallen police officer at Oxenholme railway station.

 

The memorial service came 50 years since PC George Russell of Cumberland, Westmorland and Carlisle Constabulary was shot and killed in an ambush at the station.

BTP chaplain Richard Cook lead the ceremony to mark the day the 35-year-old officer was killed in the line of duty.

The service, during which wreaths where laid on behalf of Cumbria Constabulary and British Transport Police, was held in the waiting room at Oxenholme station at 2.30pm on Tuesday 10 February 2015.

Among those who commemorated PC Russell was Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria Susan Thornely; chief constable of Cumbria Constabulary Jerry Graham and chief inspector Malcolm McKinnon, of BTP.

PC Russell was one of three officers sent to Oxenholme station on February 10, 1965, to search for a gunman who had evaded capture in Cheshire and fired shots at police officers in Kendal. The officers discovered the gunman in the waiting room.

In what was described as a ‘terrifying stand off,’ the gunman kept opening the waiting room door to fire at officers. One of the shots hit PC Russell, fatally wounding the father of two, who died hours later in hospital.

PC Russell’s funeral was held at Carlisle Cathedral, where a bust of the officer was later unveiled.

He was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for gallantry.

Sgt David Grant, who helped organise the service along with chaplain Richard Cook, said: “It seemed only right that with the anniversary coming up, we made arrangements for PC Russell to be remembered with a special ceremony, marking his life, his bravery and the ultimate sacrifice he gave.”

Superintendent Mark Pannone, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “This memorial service was an opportunity to pay our respects to a fallen officer. It is important we honour those who lose their lives in the line of duty, and our thoughts are with his family on this sad anniversary.”

 

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