Inspirational Survivor Clodagh Is Grateful to COPS

Posted on July 22, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

BAWP Awards 2016 - InspirationClodagh Dunlop, PSNI

CARE of Police Survivors does not put a time limit on sadness, said Survivor Clodagh Dunlop as she prepares to take part in this year’s Service of Remembrance.

Clodagh, a Constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, became a police officer after hearing stories about her uncle, Reserve Constable Clifford Evans, who was killed on duty aged 30 on 5 January 1976.

She and her cousin John will be reading during the wreath-laying ceremony at the COPS service.

Clodagh said: “I have been a police officer for almost 10 years and I have been on duty when people have lost their lives.

“When we put on our uniform we don’t know if we will get to go home so it is important to remember those who did die and let their loved ones know that what they did is appreciated.

“My uncle Clifford Evans died two years before I was born and he was always talked about in my family – and that was what made me want to be a serving police officer. My cousin also also joined the police service because of my uncle – he was so fondly remembered.

“COPS don’t put a time limit on sadness. No matter how long ago someone died they are still able to go to the service and remember them.”

Clodagh is pictured receiving an Inspiration Award from the British Association for Women in Policing after overcoming locked-in syndrome following a stroke.

She said: “People think I’m very determined but I think it’s just part and parcel of being a police officer. When you’re faced with a problem you can’t run away from it, you have to deal with it.”

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