Sunday 5 January 2014 marks the first anniversary of the sad loss of Constable Andrew Bramma who died when his police vehicle collided with a tree close to the village of West Tanfield near Ripon, as he responded to an incident.
Sgt Mike Stubbs, Secretary of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: 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.
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.
Sgt Stubbs also praised the fund raising efforts to support PC Bramma‘s children.
Sgt Stubbs added: Andrew’s sons, Jack and Sam, are now aged just four and one. We have had significant contributions from members of the public, other police forces, and Andrew’s former rugby club in Stanningley, Leeds. His friends and colleagues, both in North Yorkshire and his previous force, Greater Manchester, are also continuing their efforts and the fund now stands at more than £28,000.
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’, or by cheque payable to ‘NYPF Jack and Sam Fund’ and can be posted to North Yorkshire Police HQ, Newby Wiske, Northallerton, DL7 9HA or North Yorkshire Police Federation, The Police Station, Castlegate, Knaresborough, HG5 8AR
On Friday 3 January 2014, Chief Constable Dave Jones and Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick laid flowers in memory of Andrew at the police memorial stones outside Newby Wiske Hall.
On Sunday and Monday the North Yorkshire Police flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.
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.