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Grampian force holds police memorial service

St Machar's Cathedral
Image caption The service at St Machar's Cathedral remembered the lives of 92 police workers

A special ceremony has been held in Aberdeen for Grampian police workers who died while serving the force.

Serving officers and the friends and families of those who died attended the service at St Machar's Cathedral.

The 92 staff who have died in service over the years since 1835, had their names read out, and a candle was lit to represent each of their lives.

The ceremony was led by Chief Constable Colin McKerracher and force chaplain Reverend David Swan.

The first recorded death was nightwatchman Joseph Collie, who died in 1835 when he was blown into the dock at Waterloo Quay during stormy weather and drowned.

'Police family'

The list also included Pc Mark Gordon Davey, who was killed at the age of 28 when his patrol car left the road and crashed into a tree in 1995.

Force Welfare Officer Raymond Mack said: "The death of a colleague can be deeply distressing and it is hoped that the service will bring comfort not only to the family members but also their friends and colleagues from their time working for the force.

"For many, particularly police officers, a career with Grampian Police can last in excess of 30 years and we often refer to staff as being part of a wider police family.

"This service aims to bring together staff and guests of honour and remember our colleagues and support their family and friends."

It is the third year the ceremony has taken place, and the force has also created a book of remembrance to record the names of those who have died.

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