Police officers in Coventry
took to their heels today in memory of a former colleague who was
killed on traffic duty.
They competed in a fun run at
the Memorial Park to pay their respects to PC Joe O’Brien.
The 48-year-old officer was
killed on 14 November 1982 when he struck by a car while directing
traffic during a charity race.
Since then, his former
colleagues have gathered for the annual three mile run as a way of
PC O’Brien was a member of
the Coventry Godiva Harriers club and a keen cross-country runner and
A road in Coventry close to
Chace Avenue police station has also been named after the popular
Race co-ordinator PC Phil
“Many of the officers and
staff taking part in the run never met Joe and it is a tribute to
him that they still feel moved to take part in the run.
“The fire officers who
were on duty that day, and who are now scattered throughout the
country are also coming back especially to take part.
is nice that he was so appreciated.”