Police guard of honour at funeral of tragic PC David Beech

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PC DAVID BEECHHundreds of police officers and mourners flocked to pay their final respects to a Staffordshire police officer who died in a house fire.

The funeral of PC David Beech was held at St Edward’s Church in Leek on Tuesday, April 1.

The officer, 30, died on March 16 in a fire at his home in Wyreley Way, Tunstall.

PC Beech  had been a response officer based in Newcastle-under-Lyme since November 2008.

Staffordshire Police colleagues of PC Beech performed a guard of honour as his coffin was carried into the church.

Grieving friends and family of the officer followed the coffin, which was adorned with white and cream floral tribiutes, into the church.

There were also two Staffordshire Police dogs.

PC Beech lost his own two pet dogs in the fatal house fire.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said the police had ‘said goodbye’ to the officer, who was commended three times for his courage and professionalism while serving for the police.

He said: “Dave was a shining example of what a police officer should be and local people appreciated that and he will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.

“This has been one of the saddest days I have experienced at Staffordshire Police, but the way the force have responded and supported each other has also made it one of my proudest.”

PC Beech grew up in Leek and was involved with Staffordshire Police’s Blue Gloves Boxing Academy, who support the Stoke-on-Trent charity Caudwell Children.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service investigation confirmed that the police officer’s death was not suspicious and was caused by unattended cooking left on the hob.

Firefighters were called to PC Beech’s home at 11.30am on Sunday, March 16, after neighbours noticed that the external extractor fan on the side of the house had melted.

The fire service said that the fire had not spread beyond the kitchen. 

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