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Funds raised for London's Air Ambulance in memory of tragic police death

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 05 October 2010

PC Gary Toms who died in the line of duty

PC Gary Toms who died in the line of duty

FELLOW officers of PC Gary Toms who died in the line of duty have raised cash for London s Air Ambulance in memory of their colleague. PC Toms, a member of Scotland Yard s CO19 firearms unit, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in the red helicopter

FELLOW officers of PC Gary Toms who died in the line of duty have raised cash for London's Air Ambulance in memory of their colleague.

PC Toms, a member of Scotland Yard's CO19 firearms unit, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in the red helicopter in April last year after suffering serious head injuries while on a police chase in Newham.

The 37-year-old died three days later at the hospital in Whitechapel when his life support machine was switched off.

Fellow officer, PC Grant Thomas, decided to raise cash for the helicopter which is run by the charity HEMS and sits on the roof of the hospital.

And he managed to collect £1,180 by creating and selling pin badges to his colleagues at the Met Police.

PC Thomas, who is based on a response team at Dagenham and trained PC Toms shortly after he qualified, said: "Like everyone in the Met I was shocked and saddened to hear about Gary's death and wanted to do something in his memory.

"I'm delighted to have raised so much money to donate to HEMS."

The driver of the car PC Toms was chasing was jailed for ten years in December after admitting dangerous driving and fraudulently obtaining the car and being convicted of robbery with two other people.


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