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Police’s beautiful gesture to Sheffield man who died with no family


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South Yorkshire Police have been praised for a touching gesture they gave a man who died with no family in Sheffield.

Last month officers from the Walkley Policing Team were called after a member of the public reported concerns for the safety of their neighbour.

After gaining entry into the property, the officers found an elderly man who had collapsed and was in a desperate condition.

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Officers, including one of the newest student officers, managed to stabilise the man and talk to him as he fell in and out of consciousness until paramedics arrived.

Tragically, despite the best efforts of police and paramedics, the man died a short time after reaching hospital.

While officers were carrying out their checks, they discovered that the man had no family.

But officers from South Yorkshire Police didn’t stop there as they made sure that someone was there to mark the mans funeral.

A spokesperson from the force said: “Last week, PCSO Jeanette Sparkes, PCSO Tony Hizam and Sergeant Simon Kirkham attended his funeral, arranged by the local authority, on their rest days and lunch breaks.

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“Our officers wanted to attend, to ensure in the absence of family, that there were people there to mark the man’s life.

“The team have been praised by senior officers and members of the community who knew the man, for going above and beyond.

“It’s not all drugs raids and criminals, a lot of the time, being a cop is simply about being human.”

The force have received hundreds of messages from members of the public thanking them for what they did for the elderly man.

A post on the forces Facebook page has been liked over 1,000 times with almost 60 shares and over 70 comments praising the officers who attended his funeral.

One person commented to say: “Thank you for looking after this gentleman in his hour of need.

“Sorry to hear he passed, it was a lovely thing to do to attend his funeral in your own time. Well done all xx”

Another said: “But the general public never see this side – at least his last moments weren’t spent entirely alone – may he rest in peace.

“Hats off to those lovely officers x”

Someone else praising their work said: “That’s very kind and thoughtful of you guys. I hope people can learn a very valuable lesson from this.

“Well done SYP.”

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