The North Yorkshire Police flag flew at half-mast this week in a mark of respect for fallen officer PC Andrew Bramma, who died a year ago.
More than £28,000 has now been raised to support PC Bramma’s boys, after donations were made by members of the public, colleagues, other police forces and PC Bramma’s rugby club in Stanningley, Leeds.
North Yorkshire Police Federation paid tribute to the PC who died on 5 January 2013 when his van collided with a tree as he responded to an incident.
The 32-year-old officer was killed instantly in the crash in West Tanfield after he lost control of the vehicle while driving at 70mph, an inquest heard in May.
PC Bramma left behind wife Kathryn and two young sons, Jack, aged four and Sam, one.
Last week, North Yorkshire Chief Constable Dave Jones and Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick laid flowers in memory of PC Bramma at the police memorial stones outside Newby Wiske Hall.
Mike Stubbs, secretary of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Andrew was greatly loved and hugely respected, and this anniversary will be a painful and poignant reflection of just how great a loss he is, both as a family man and as a police officer.
“With the severe weather anticipated this weekend, the anniversary of his death is also a sombre and timely reminder of the dangers that police officers, and members of other emergency services, face as they work to keep the public safe.”
He added: “Our thoughts are with the people who will be missing Andrew the most this weekend – his wife Kathryn, his two sons Jack and Sam, his parents and wider family, and his friends and colleagues.”
Donations can be made by bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank Sort Code 08 60 01, Account Number 20303088, Account name ‘NYPF Jack and Sam Fund’.
A spokesman for the force added: “The thoughts of everybody at North Yorkshire Police are with Andrew’s family and friends as we remember him on the anniversary of his sad death.”
Date posted: January 9, 2014