A POLICE officer who was born and bred in Leek and a Special Constable in Cheadle will be honoured at a fund-raising boxing match.
Organisers of the event 'Battle of the Badges – Staffordshire Police' have announced that they are to honour PC David Beech, who died in a fire at his Tunstall home last month.
The event will see 30 novice fighters take to the ring at the Kings Hall, Stoke, on Saturday, April 26.
'Ten bells' will sound before the event as a mark of respect for the 30-year-old officer, who joined Staffordshire Police in November 2008.
PC Beech was a Special Constable based at Cheadle before becoming a fully fledged police officer.
He was an active member of Staffordshire Police's Blue Glove Boxing Academy, which is organising the event in support of Caudwell Children.
He ran non-contact training sessions for beneficiaries of the charity, giving them a practical understanding of fitness and training methods.
A special award will also be presented in his memory to the most prominent contender on the evening.
The event will be attended by PC Beech's family.
A spokesman for the charity said: "Dave was a highly respected police officer who had been commended three times for his courage and professionalism.
"We fully support this tribute to a man who not only dedicated his life to public service, but also supported Caudwell Children so enthusiastically."
The funeral service for PC Beech was attended by hundred of friends, family and police officers at St Edward’s Church in Leek on Tuesday, April 1.
Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “We said a final goodbye to a valued member of our police family as the funeral of PC David Beech took place.
“As a fitting tribute to an outstanding and well-loved officer, his colleagues from shift three at Newcastle formed a guard of honour outside the church, and it was heartening that to support this officers volunteered to cover duties so that so many of David’s colleagues and friends could attend.
“I was also struck by the number of local people who were there to pay their respects, which clearly demonstrated to me the very high esteem in which police officers are held by the people we serve.
“Dave was a shining example of what a police officer should be and local people appreciated that and he will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.
“This was a desperately sad day for Dave’s family and I hope that the presence of his colleagues shows how much he means to us all and how we share their loss.
“This was one of the saddest days I have experienced at Staffordshire Police, but the way the force have responded and supported each other has also made it one of my proudest.”
For more information about the event, and to find out how to attend, call 01782 600 113 or visit www.caudwellchildren.com