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Saturday 30 August 2014

Sister of killed policewoman says she was her ‘hero’

Michael McHugh

Published 13/02/2013 | 13:32

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Constable Philippa Reynolds
Dorothy and Mervyn Reynolds, parents of Constable Philippa Reynolds who was killed when her patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4, pictured  with their other daughters Debra (left) and Nicola

THE sister of a policewoman killed in a crash in Northern Ireland told mourners at her funeral that she was her hero.

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Debra Reynolds choked back tears as she paid tribute to her best friend and soul mate Philippa Reynolds.

"Never in my life would I think that I had to be the one saying goodbye," she said.

Constable Reynolds, 27, was a back seat passenger in the unmarked police car that was struck by the jeep in Londonderry in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two men have been charged in connection with her death.PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said she was a superb police officer, the best of the best.

He said she was compassionate and caring and wanted to make lives better.

Mr Baggott said: "She was the embodiment of what policing aspires too. She wanted to make Londonderry/Derry a finer and safer place, working towards building peace in that city."

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