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Tributes paid to hero 7/7 bombings police officer after he died in Bermuda from an infection
Dec 17, 2013 12:14
By Steve Robson
John Hall was awarded a Police Commendation for his hard work and dedication following the 2005 terrorist attacks
Dedicated: John Hall was an officer in Manchester and Hertfordshire before moving to Bermuda
A police officer who was awarded a commendation for his work after the 7/7 London bombings has died suddenly in Bermuda.
John Hall, aged 55 and originally from Clayton, Manchester, died from an infection.
He was based at the nearby Mill Street station before transferring to the military police.
John and his wife Bernadette travelled all over the world with the military, living in Hong Kong, Germany, and Northern Ireland.
She said: "We had a wonderful time, everywhere we lived and he worked so hard. When I think of all the scumbags he's put away over the years, I'm very proud of him."
John and Bernadette met in 1977 in Clayton and married in 1979.
In 1994 John left the military service, joining the Hertfordshire police as a crime officer and settling near Hemel Hempstead.
It was while working with them he attended the scene of the 7/7 bombings in 2005, recovering and identifying the bodies.
He was awarded a Police Commendation for his hard work and dedication.
After that, John worked for various police forces until two years ago when he decided to take a role as a crime scene investigation officer in Bermuda.
He returned to Manchester at the beginning of November to see family and friends.
Shortly after returning to Bermuda John became ill with peritonitis and died on November 28.
Bernadette received a message saying John had passed away while she was at the airport, catching a flight out to stay with him.
Chief inspector Nick Pedro of the Bermuda police force told the Bermuda Sun: "John worked in Bermuda for just over two years and in that time he was involved in processing a number of crime scenes. His work was very important in several high profile trials.
"This news is very sad for all his colleagues in the police force. John was a thoroughly nice chap, he was very generous and always friendly."
He also leaves behind a brother Robert. A memorial service will be held for John this Friday at 11:30am at Willibrord's R/C Church Clayton, prior to committal at Dukinfield Crematorium.
Bernadette added: "I'm so proud of him when I think of how much he has done in his number of years."
Tributes paid to hero 7/7 bombings police officer after he died in Bermuda from an infection - Mirror Online
Bromley ambulance officer who worked on IRA bombings, 7/7 terrorist attacks and Stephen Lawrence inquiry, honoured for 40 years' service
11:45am Monday 12th May 2014 in News By Patrick Grafton-Green
Retired Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Russell Mansford and Richard Hunt, chairman, London Ambulance Service
A retiring Bromley London Ambulance Service (LAS) officer, who worked on the IRA bombings, 7/7 terrorist attacks and Steven Lawrence inquiry, has received an award for his 40 years' service.
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Russell Mansford was presented with the award by LAS chairman Richard Hunt at a ceremony with 34 of his colleagues in Westminster.
After working on the road briefly, he became a call-taker in the control centre, taking charge of services in Bromley.
He attended the Moorgate train crash in 1971, numerous incidents in the IRA bombing campaign including an explosion at Canary Wharf in 1996 and led operations from the emergency operations centre during the Paddington train crash.
During the terrorist attacks in July 2007, he was the link between ambulance headquarters in Waterloo and COBRA, the Government’s emergency response committee.
He also gave evidence at the public inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1997.
Mr Mansford said: "It was a blessing to work for the London Ambulance Service and very hard to give up. I was lucky to do so much during my career.
"I met a number of cabinet ministers and practically all the royal family. In fact, in 2000, while giving the Queen Mother a tour of the emergency operations centre, I thought at one point she might fall and I put out my arm to catch her.
"Instead I got a telling off for breaching royal protocol. I’ll never forget that."
Bromley ambulance officer who worked on IRA bombings, 7/7 terrorist attacks and Stephen Lawrence inquiry, honoured for 40 years' service (From News Shopper)