News emerged earlier this week of the passing of PC David Rathband, who was found dead at his home in Blyth.
In July 2010, the British police officer was shot and blinded by the gunman Raoul Moat, as he sat in his patrol car in Newcastle.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who had met the officer, described him as an “extraordinarily brave man”, adding:
After his horrific injuries he did an enormous amount for charity and other injured police officers, and for families who had lost police officers in the line of duty.
Ray Mears, who assisted in the search for Raoul Moat in 2010, said the following:
I was deeply saddened at the news of PC David Rathband’s death. He was an extremely brave man, who was victim to a tragic injury. His case serves as a stark reminder of the dangers which our police officers can face on a daily basis. My condolences go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time.