“Devoted father” remembered after on duty death

Posted on May 18, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | No Comments


A POLICE Scotland officer who died while he was traveling to work has been remembered as “a caring and loving husband” and “a devoted father.”

PC Mark Murtagh’s motorcycle was in collision with a bus on the A6105 near Earlston, in the Scottish Borders, at around 7am on Friday 16 May.

The officer was based at Galashiels Police Station.

Ch Supt Gillian Imery, divisional commander for the Lothian and Scottish Borders Division of Police Scotland, said: “It is with the deepest regret that I can confirm that Constable Mark Murtagh, who served in the Lothian and Scottish Borders Division, has died following Friday’s accident near Earlston.

“Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”

In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family paid tribute to him, saying: “Mark was a caring and loving husband, a devoted father and will be greatly missed.

“We would ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time and allow us to grieve in private.”

Brian Docherty, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We send our sincere condolences to Mark’s family, friends and colleagues.

“As always the Federation will offer our support and assistance.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family at this very sad time.”

A statement from the Police Federation of England and Wales said: “Our deepest sympathies are with PC Mark Murtagh’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.”



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