Stoke & Staffordshire

PC David Rathband first person on Stafford wall of fame

PC David Rathband
Image caption People living in Stafford nominated PC Rathband to be the first person featured on the wall

PC David Rathband who was shot and blinded by Raoul Moat, will be the first person to feature on a roll of honour on an Olympic Torch route.

PC Rathband, originally from Stafford, was found dead at his home in Blyth, Northumberland last week.

A wall of fame displaying photos of community figures is being set up by Stafford Borough Council in May.

Adam Hill, the council's head of leisure and culture, said PC Rathband's courage had been inspirational.

PC Rathband was shot twice by Moat in Newcastle in July 2010.

He was found dead on Wednesday night and an inquest later heard he had been found hanged.

Public request

He had set up the Blue Lamp Foundation to raise funds to help injured members of the emergency services.

A borough council spokesman said: "The public have asked for David Rathband to be the first person to be named on the wall of honour.

"Obviously setting up such a good initiative makes him the sort of worthy person we want to see on it."

The authority has been asking people to nominate community champions and volunteers who they think should be included on the wall of photos.

The Olympic Torch will travel through Gnosall, Haughton and Stafford on 30 May.

A spokesman for the council said the feature would be placed at a secret location in Stafford on the day and would then be moved to a different location in the town.

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