In my world the word ‘hero’ is way over-used. In the real world, it’s the absolute minimum requirement for PC David Rathband
In July 2010 his life changed for ever when he was shot and blinded. David showed outstanding bravery in what was a terrifying situation. He was a dedicated officer who acted in the best traditions of the police service.
He was an officer who personified the values of British policing, showing the utmost bravery when faced with danger in the line of duty. Following his ordeal, PC Rathband’s courage and passion to help others through his charitable work inspired many.
David was a remarkable man who sacrificed a great deal for his communities and his family. He exemplified the very best of British policing and had the respect of all those who knew or worked alongside him.
I need hardly say that we have the most enormous admiration for the extraordinary resilience and courage you have displayed. The United Kingdom owes a huge debt of gratitude to policemen like yourself who are prepared to sacrifice so much for others in the line of duty.
David was an extraordinarily brave man and after his horrific injuries he did an enormous amount for charities for other injured police officers and families who had lost police officers in the line of duty.