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PC Mark Walsh plans Las Vegas charity jump in memory of fellow officer PC Steve Rawson
A HAMPSHIRE policeman will take a leap off the tallest building in Las Vegas in memory of a fellow officer.
PC Mark Walsh was a colleague of Pc Steve Rawson who died after his unmarked motorbike collided with a car in Southampton in April.
Despite admitting to a fear of heights, Pc Walsh will be doing the challenge for Care of Police Survivors (COPS) which helps families of police officers who have died in the line of duty.
Fareham-based Pc Walsh, 29, will jump off the 825ft Stratosphere Tower in December. The first 30 seconds is a free fall followed by a controlled descent on a guide rope.
Father-of-two Pc Rawson died after his motorbike collided with a BMW outside the Shell garage in Thomas Lewis Way on April 3.
Despite the best efforts of police colleagues and paramedics at the scene, the 40-year-old, who was based in Fareham, was pronounced dead on arrival at Southampton General Hospital.
Since then almost £18,000 has been raised by the public for his family.
Hampshire Police Federation, which represents frontline officers, says more than 1,000 officers and staff at Hampshire Constabulary donated £1 from their salaries in May.
PC Walsh, himself a father-of-two, said: “It did devastate us all so it’s part of the reason I became aware of the charity because my thoughts as a father myself was for his wife and children.”
PC Walsh, who usually works in the Youth Offending Team at Fareham, has been seconded to the criminal justice department to work on bringing about the first youth led community court in the country.
A pilot project is planned for South East Hampshire, including Fareham and Portsmouth, where young people will be trained to hold restorative justice hearings in the cases of other young people.
The jump will coincide with a work trip to America observing the criminal justice system there, listening to court hearings and finding out about youth schemes.
The trip is being funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and Pc Walsh will do the jump on a day off.
To sponsor PC Walsh’s jump log on to justgiving.com/skyjump4copsuk.
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