FULL police honours were given when a funeral procession took place in Bulwell for a ‘totally dedicated’ dog section officer and trainer.
Steve Abbott (62) died at his home in Kimberley on Friday June 15 after a suspected heart attack.
He had served in the Nottinghamshire force for 40 years, 39 as an officer and one as a support-staff member. His first posting was as a patrol officer in the Hucknall division, which then included Bulwell.
Facing torrential rain, many former colleagues of Steve took part in the procession from Bulwell bus station to St Mary’s Church on Highbury Road. Two dogs were also on parade and three horses from the county police’s mounted section, which is shortly to be disbanded, were also involved.
St Mary’s was packed for the funeral service, which was relayed to the upper hall on a TV screen. Tributes included one from Steve’s wife, Mary, who said the couple were married at the church.
Steve tried various jobs, one of them as a miner at Hucknall Colliery, where his father also worked, before joining Nottinghamshire Constabulary in August 1972,
He went on to serve in the dog and mounted sections and after his retirement in June 2011, he returned to work as a civilian dog trainer. His expertise in this field was nationally recognised and he received several commendations during his career.
The service was followed by a private ceremony at Bramcote Crematorium, attended by invited family members and friends.
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