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Dad opens up about tragic loss of Surrey Police officer son

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Dad opens up about tragic loss of Surrey Police officer son

Published by Carol Musgrave at 6:00am 18th November 2019. (Updated at 10:30am 18th November 2019)

"Richard was killed - and we were never to see him again..."

That  from a man who lost his Surrey Police officer son in a crash 15 years ago.

Richard Gunn was 29 when it happened back in 2004, while responding to a 999 call between Woking and Camberley.

Dad Denis, who is from Reigate, told Eagle Richard was loving life, loving his job, and was just weeks away from his wedding.

PC Gunn

Denis described the shock on receiving the devastating news:

"People say that you come to terms with it, but you don't really.

"It's always there  in your mind.

"I think about him pretty much every day.

"You do learn to live with it, but you never forget them."

Denis has since been involved with the police charity COPS which offers support for families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

PC Gunn

And he told us how much they helped him cope with the loss of his son:

"They offer peer support - the sort of support where you can talk to others who have gone through the same experience, who've lost a family member in the line of duty.

"I can't really explain it but it helped enormously to speak to them."

Denis was speaking to Eagle as part of an appeal for items for raffle or auction, to help with an annual fundraising climbing event held every year for the charity.

Light The Lakes is an event held in the Lake District where police staff, family and friends climb the Wainwright peaks, in memory of fallen officers.

The first was held in 2012 to raise funds for the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper. 

Now the event raises money for COPS.

This year's event saw 1,500 people climb over 200 peaks, raising around £31,000.

Next year's Light The Lakes is on June 12/13.

The organisers are asking for donations of items or experiences, to be used in a raffle or auction, in conjunction with the event, to help COPS reach their target.

If you can help, contact Lightthelakes@surrey.pnn.police.uk