Tributes have been paid to Met Police officer PC Keith Palmer – bravely killed on duty in London protecting Parliament from a terrorist attack.
PC Keith Palmer – a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command – was 48 years old, had 15 years’ service and was a husband and a father.
PC Palmer was unarmed as he ran towards danger and sadly made the ultimate sacrifice.
A statement from his family said: “Keith will be remembered as a wonderful dad and husband. A loving son, brother and uncle. A long-time supporter of Charlton FC.
“Dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous. A friend to everyone who knew him. He will be deeply missed. We love him so much.”
An online fund created for the family by the Metropolitan Police Federation raised over £700,000.
PC Palmer’s family added: “We have been overwhelmed by the love and support for our family, and most especially, the outpouring of love and respect for our Keith.
“We want to thank everyone who has reached out to us over the past few days for their kindness and generosity. The police have been a constant, unwavering support at this very difficult time. It has made us realise what a caring, strong and supportive family Keith was part of during his career with the police. We can’t thank them enough.
“We would also like to express our gratitude to the people who were with Keith in his last moments and who were working that day. There was nothing more you could have done.
“You did your best and we are just grateful he was not alone. We care about him being remembered for his selfless bravery and loving nature. We miss him so much, but we are also incredibly proud of Keith.”
Keith joined the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in April 2016. As a mark of respect his shoulder number – 4157U – will be retired and not reissued.
Date posted: April 20, 2017