Thursday 22 February 2018

Murdered policeman's 'blue lamp will shine forever'

The coffin of PC Keith Palmer crosses Lambeth Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background on its way to Southwark Cathedral in London. Photo: PA
The coffin of PC Keith Palmer crosses Lambeth Bridge with the Houses of Parliament in the background on its way to Southwark Cathedral in London. Photo: PA

Scott D'Arcy

Murdered policeman Keith Palmer was hailed at his funeral as a "hero" whose "blue lamp will shine bright forever".

The 48-year-old father and husband was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood during the Westminster terror attack on March 22.

Around 50 members of Pc Palmer's family, including his wife, child, mother and father, brother and sisters, attended his funeral service at Southwark Cathedral, central London.

As many as 5,000 police officers, including a delegation from the New York Police Department, joined the service or lined the cortege route.

His friend and colleague Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer told the cathedral's congregation: "During Keith's policing service he met and worked alongside many officers and left a positive impression on all. And we will all miss him greatly.

"His spirit will never leave us and he will remain an inspiration to us all. Keith's blue lamp will shine bright forever."

A police officer wipes her eye outside Southwark Cathedral. Photo: Reuters
A police officer wipes her eye outside Southwark Cathedral. Photo: Reuters
PC Keith Palmer. Photo: PA
PC Keith Palmer. Photo: PA
The coffin of PC Keith Palmer arrives at Southwark Cathedral. Photo: PA
The coffin of PC Keith Palmer arrives at Southwark Cathedral. Photo: PA

Irish Independent

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