Paul Briggs of Wirral, Merseyside

Thanks for visiting.  There have been viewers from over 70 different countries worldwide of this site since this blog was started, shortly after Paul was knocked down.  I hope you find it of interest though it’s painful and difficult to talk & write about.  But it’s necessary, as so many people are suffering out there and their families are in intense pain.

Paul served the public throughout his life. What follows is a bit about him.

PC 1490 Merseyside Police. Paul was a Police Constable with Merseyside Police. He joined the Police in 2004 and was posted to cover Wirral, based in Wallasey Police Station on general and response policing.  He transferred to Traffic in 2007, posted to Bromborough Police Station and then Liverpool, covering Wirral and all of Merseyside.  He loved his job and working for the local community and is what he lived for, supported by Ella and I and all of the family.

However, Paul was tragically and innocently killed as a result of a road traffic collison caused by a dangerous driver on police duty.

 

 

He left for a night shift on 3rd July 2015 and never came home.

Paul served and protected the public his entire life.

He was born in Cyprus; RAF Akrotiri, joining the scouts and then the Army Cadets as soon as he was old enough. He completed his Duke of Edinburgh Awards. He joined the Royal Artillery at the age of 16, based in Larkhill, Wiltshire and was stationed in Germany for a few years, posted to Northern Ireland & served in the Gulf War 1990/91, being one of the youngest, celebrating his 18th birthday there.  On leaving the Army with Exemplary Service & placed in the Army Reserves he joined the TA before becoming a police officer (as his father and grandfather also did) in 2004, having his training and pass out ceremony at Bruche.

He received 3 Army & Police medals and many Police awards and commendations. Aside from this, he made off duty arrests, was attacked in the line of duty and had 2 road traffic collisons in the execution of his duties; On one occasional was run over while chasing a stolen vehicle, sustaining injuries requiring hospital admission.

We were always grateful whenever Paul returned home to us from his work safe and well because we knew how proactive and dedicated he was and he always placed the public and safety of others before himself. He missed many Christmases, special anniversaries and our baby’s birthdays because he would be working.

Even when not at work he was never ‘off duty’ – always helping people and dispersing or calming at risk situations. Paul proactively fought for, helped and protected people all of his life, it’s what he lived for and he loved his work and he was good at it, one of the top in performance.

He was very selfless and kind. He was a true gentleman and had manners. He loved the outdoors, nature and animals. He would often bring injured animals, birds and on one occasion even a bat home. Paul also enjoyed motorcycling, scubadiving and hiking.

I met Paul when I was a teenager and from that moment we became a couple and never broke up.  I was 20 when we got engaged, we bought a house and I was 23 when we married. He was then 27. We were blessed to have met and married young. We didn’t have our daughter Ella Grace until 2011.

It’s hard to take in; what happened to Paul in the first place and all the suffering he was made to endure.  If there was someone who didn’t deserve any of what he had to go through, it is him. It was truly haunting, deeply sickening and wrong. After the crash we just wanted Paul’s suffering to end, but ultimately what he and we as family have had to go through has changed the law and will help others.

The 2016 Court of Protection decision was a Landmark case in itself and an appeal of the Legal Aid element of the case in July 2017 means cases like ours, where a person is in a disorder of consciousness, will no longer have go to Court at all if hospitals and families agree.

Paul was easy to live with and he was fun. Our world is so much poorer and emptier without him. We will never get over what happened to him. All the life was taken from him the moment he was hit in the cruelest of ways and away from our little innocent girl.  To be told he was never going to come back to us physically or mentally was shattering.  We couldn’t hug him properly anymore, he was non responsive but subjected to so much pain. We never got to say goodbye to Paul.

Family know that Paul is the true definition of hero both in life; not only in dedicating his entire life to this Country and protecting the community, cruelly taken away just by going to do a job that he was totally and utterly dedicated to, but also in death by changing both the law and medical practice and in helping others.  The case and campaign about Advance Decisions have also helped to raise much awareness nationally. 

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