Tributes to police officer

PUBLISHED: 17:15 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

PC Richard O’Mahony

PC Richard O'Mahony

ONE of the area s best-loved police officers, PC Richard O Mahony, died on holiday at the end of last month. The 45-year-old father-of-three suffered a fatal heart failure on Sunday April 29, while in the New Forest with his wife. Police officers in Saffr

ONE of the area's best-loved police officers, PC Richard O'Mahony, died on holiday at the end of last month.

The 45-year-old father-of-three suffered a fatal heart failure on Sunday April 29, while in the New Forest with his wife.

Police officers in Saffron Walden were deeply saddened by the death of their colleague.

Sgt Ashley Seymour said: "Richard's death was very unexpected and sudden, and as you'd expect his family is distraught. It's a great shock to them and all his work colleagues.

"Richard was a very experienced and capable officer. He was well-respected within the community he served and very popular among colleagues.

"He will be remembered by many people for many different reasons, but without doubt everyone will remember him for his sense of humour, of which many people have been 'victims' over the years."

Richard, who lived in Bardfield Saling with his wife, Dunmow police officer Niki, had three children: 20-year-old Emma and 21-year-old twins Richard and Rachel.

He became a grandfather in December, when his son Richard became the father of baby Felix.

Sgt Seymour said: "Richard was the local officer for Newport, Widdington, Debden, Debden Green, Wimbish, Wimbish Green including the barracks, Quendon and Rickling Green. He was a 4x4 driver trainer and a Level Two Public Order trained officer, as well as being trained in dealing with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents."

Richard was also a highly-qualified police search advisor who was involved in the Ipswich murders investigation as well as the investigation into the murder of Holly and Jessica in Soham.

Sgt Seymour said: "Obviously this has come as a great shock to his family and working colleagues and I apologise to those people who will only find out this sad news by reading it in their local papers, but Richard was known by so many people across the areas he policed that it would've been impossible to contact everyone."

Richard joined Essex Police in 1986 and served in Colchester, Mersea and Witham before moving to Saffron Walden in February 2000.

He had been on the community policing team since July 2001.

Richard was a great lover of the outdoors and wildlife and spent a lot of time observing nature. He also enjoyed travelling, grand prix motor-racing, cars and music. He kept himself physically fit and regularly used his home gym.

Floral tributes are welcome and donations to the British Heart Foundation or World Wildlife Fund can be made via Daniel Robinson funeral directors in Great Dunmow.

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