Proud Abi collects tragic dad’s award

Abi was very very proud to be presented with her daddy's post humously awarded medal for long service and good conduc.
Abi was very very proud to be presented with her daddy's post humously awarded medal for long service and good conduc.
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LITTLE Abigail Kelsey proudly shows off the medal her daddy will never get to wear.

The six-year-old’s father, Dave Kelsey, was a prison officer who lost his life during a walking holiday in the Lake District more than three years ago.

But Dave, who served at HMP Moorland in Doncaster, was still entitled to a new long-service and good conduct medal being issued by the Prison Service.

Now that medal has been presented to his widow, Lindsay Kelsey, and their daughter at a ceremony with other prison officers.

Dave, who was 54, was with two other prison officers known as The Walking Gang when he fell 200ft and shattered every bone in his body.

The tragedy happened just a few weeks before the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.

Dave, from Moorends, Doncaster, was said to have been an experienced fell walker but toppled backwards going up a steep incline and may have lost his footing because of slippery conditions in the rain.

Mrs Kelsey, aged 37, said Abi was “very, very proud” to be presented with her father’s posthumously-awarded medal for long service and good conduct.

“She had already received a letter from the Queen,” she said.

“The award was announced by Governor Rob Kellett who said, ‘We have a medal here for Officer Dave Kelsey, who is sadly not with us any more. His medal will be collected by his daughter Abigail’.