Why murdered Essex policeman PC Ian Dibell deserves to be named the bravest of the brave (From Clacton and Frinton Gazette)
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Why murdered Essex policeman PC Ian Dibell deserves to be named the bravest of the brave
3:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A DECISION will be made next month whether PC Ian Dibell, who died to keep others safe, will be named the bravest of the brave.
PC Dibell was chosen as the Essex representative for the national police bravery award after being nominated by the Essex Police Federation.
Chairman Mark Smith has explained why they think he, and all those who knew and loved him, deserve the recognition.
PC Dibell died in Redbridge Road, Clacton, on July 7, 2012, shot dead in the street by Peter Reeve.
Mr Smith said: “At around 3.30pm Trevor Marshall arrived home and was confronted in the communal stairwell of the block of flats where he lived by his neighbour Reeve, who was pointing at a gun at him.
“Mr Marshall’s partner Katarzyna Karolak was also in the hallway and as the couple fled from the building.
“Reeve fired at them before following them into the street and shooting at them up to four more times.
“Reeve was seen reloading his pistol and getting into a blue motor vehicle before driving off in the direction Mr Marshall had been running.
“A witness then saw Reeve firing through the windshield at Mr Marshall, who ran into Redbridge Road being pursued by his attacker.
"The vehicle joined Redbridge Road close to PC Dibell’s home and at this point a number of witnesses saw the officer run from his house and down the road to the vehicle which was 80 metres away.
“Witnesses saw PC Dibell lunge through the open driver’s side window and try and wrestle the gun from Reeve.
“They then heard a loud bang and saw PC Dibell reel across the road clutching his chest, having been shot.
“A number of witnesses attempted to administer first aid to PC Dibell but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
"It was later confirmed that having initially left his house, PC Dibell quickly returned for his warrant card, placing himself back on duty.”
Following his death PC Dibell was commended by former Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle during his last act in the role.
Mr Smith said: “It is a great honour to nominate PC Ian Dibell for a posthumous award. Ian died protecting the public of Essex, he is a true hero.”
A decision on the regional and national winners will be made on October 17.
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