Colleagues remember “popular and happy” officer

Posted on May 1, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | No Comments

Mick Chapman

TRIBUTES have been paid to West Midlands Police officer Mick Chapman who has died on duty after becoming unwell at work.

A funeral was held for PC Chapman, a Birmingham East officer, on Monday 28 April after his death at work on Monday 14 April. PC Chapman, who leaves behind a wife and two children, has been described as a “popular, happy and amiable” officer by colleagues who attended the funeral in uniform.

He had served with West Midlands Police for 16 years and had been a Police Federation official since 2006. He was the secretary of the Constable’s Branch Board for West Midlands Police Federation at the time of his death – just short of his 49th birthday.

Tom Cuddeford, deputy chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said: “Mick was a very happy and amiable individual. He was a real gentle giant. As a federation rep, he was always keen to help his colleagues and would go out of his way to offer support to new reps. I will always remember the advice and guidance he gave me when I became a rep myself.

“He will be sorely missed by his colleagues in the federation and across the force. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Ian Edwards, Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said: “Mick was a fine officer who upheld all the traditions of West Midlands Police and volunteered to help his colleagues in his work with the Federation.

“He was a really good man who was well-respected by his colleagues. It’s a tragedy and it makes you reassess your own life.”

A spokesman for the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with the family, friends and colleagues of Mick Chapman at this sad time. Mick passed away suddenly this afternoon, April 14.”

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