Guard of honour for Sheffield police officer killed in collision
A guard of honour will be formed for a Sheffield police officer killed in a Christmas Day collision.
Police officers on motorbikes and horses will be involved in the funeral procession for PC Dave Fields tomorrow and marked police cars are to be used to transport his family to and from the service at Grenoside Crematorium.
His beloved dog, Bertie, will also form part of the procession and will be walked by a police officer in uniform.
Heartbroken relatives of the 45-year-old South Yorkshire Police officer want his funeral, which is due to begin at 3.50pm, to be 'a celebration of his life'.
Dave Fields died in a collision while he was on duty on Christmas Day.
The BMW 3 series police car he was driving was involved in a head-on crash with a silver Citroen C3 on the A57, near Coisley Hill and the Shirebrook Valley Nature Reserve, close to the Mosborough Parkway.
Lorraine Stephenson, 61, who was a passenger in the Citroen, also died after the collision.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.PC Fields, who was also a husband, father and a well-known football referee, starred in the Police Interceptors television series which showcased the work of South Yorkshire's road traffic officers.
The Channel 5 documentary aired between 2011-2012 and followed officers in South Yorkshire’s road crime unit as they responded to calls.
He used to drive police cars and bikes and during an interview on his career he once said: "Each day I come into work not knowing what is in front of me or what I will have to deal with. No day is ever the same and knowing that I will be faced with different tasks each day is both exciting and motivating."Over the years I’ve been involved in my fair share of incidents that have seen offenders brought to justice and allowed me to gain different experiences that I wouldn’t have had in any other job, and it is this achievement and satisfaction that makes it all worthwhile."