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Guard of honour at funeral of special constable after death aged 52

By Dayna Farrington | Sandwell | News | Published:

Dozens of emergency services colleagues paid tribute at the funeral of a special constable who died months after being hit by a car while on duty in Oldbury.

The funeral of Special Constable Resham Nahal. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Special Constable Resham Nahal, who was a special for more than 15 years, died in June, six months after being hit by a passing car while attending the scene of a separate crash in Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, in November.

Resham, on the left, at Pride in 2017. Photo: West Midlands Police

His funeral took place at Birmingham Crematorium in Perry Barr today, where there was a full guard of honour from his former police and ambulance service colleagues.

The 52-year-old, who worked in West Midlands Police's Force Support Unit, suffered multiple fractures to his leg in the incident in November.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson posted on his blog in July saying it was not yet known if his death related to his injuries. A spokesman for West Midlands Police said today that the investigation is continuing.

As well as working for West Midlands Police, Special Constable Nahal had also worked at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The funeral of Special Constable Resham Nahal. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “Resham was an honourable officer and a man of great faith who had served with the force for 15 years.

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“There was a full guard of honour for Resham including West Midlands Ambulance Service as we said goodbye to a great man.

“He will be deeply missed by family, friends and colleagues and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

After his death in July, the National Sikh Police Association said: "We send our sincere condolences to his family, his colleagues and all affected by this tragic loss."

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The funeral of Special Constable Resham Nahal. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: "Resham was an amazing special constable who volunteered for the force for many years, protecting the public and helping those in need.

"His death is a tragic loss for his friends, family and colleagues in the police force.

"My thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

At the time a fundraising page was set up to support Special Constable Nahal, which raised more than £700.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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