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[24 APR 01]  WEST MIDLANDS POLICE NEWS
Police Stage Memorial Run

Police officers and support staff are holding a memorial run tomorrow in memory of PC Joe O'Brien who was killed on traffic duty.

PC O'Brien, 48, died on 14 November 1982 when he was struck by a car while he was directing traffic during a charity race.

Every year since his death, officers and support staff have taken part in a memorial run in Coventry's Memorial Park. The course is three miles, which is two circuits of the park, and is due to start at 3pm tomorrow.

Trophies and certificates will be presented in the police club in Little Park Street at about 4.30pm after the run.

PC O'Brien was born in Westmeath in Eire and joined Coventry City Police in 1962. He transferred to West Midlands Police on the amalgamation of the forces in 1974.

During the last ten years of his service, he was beat officer in the Ernesford Grange and Binley areas. For 20 years he was a member of the Coventry Godiva Harriers.

A road in Coventry, close to Chace Avenue police station, has been named after the popular officer.

Race co-ordinator, PC Phil Anthony, said:

"Many of the officers and support staff who take part in the run never met Joe and it is a tribute to him that they still feel moved to take part.

"Last year the fire officers who were on duty the day he died also came back to take part and we are hoping that they will do so again this year. It is nice that he was so appreciated."

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