APR 01] WEST MIDLANDS POLICE NEWS
Police Stage Memorial Run
officers and support staff are holding a memorial run tomorrow
in memory of PC Joe O'Brien who was killed on traffic duty.
O'Brien, 48, died on 14 November 1982 when he was struck by a
car while he was directing traffic during a charity race.
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.
and certificates will be presented in the police club in Little
Park Street at about 4.30pm after the run.
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.
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.
road in Coventry, close to Chace Avenue police station, has been
named after the popular officer.
co-ordinator, PC Phil Anthony, said:
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.
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."