THE widow of a police officer has thanked the public and police officers for their generous donations following the tragic death of her husband while on duty.
Fareham-based police officer, PC Steve Rawson, was killed in a crash in April, when his unmarked motorbike collided with a BMW on Thomas Lewis Way in Southampton.
The 40-year-old was married and had two small children.
A collection was held after the public showed support for his family following reports of his death and a two minute silence held in his honour.
In total, £18,000 has been raised, which will be spent on PC Rawson’s children.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Kerry Rawson, 36, said: ‘Since Steve’s death I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from people we never knew.
‘The generosity and kindness shown by people from all over the country has brought my family comfort during this difficult time.
‘I can’t put into words how grateful I am, the money raised will help my children which is of great relief to me. Thank you so much for your kindness.’
John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, said: ‘After Steve’s death, there was a collection which I set up at the request of the public. Because he had a couple of young children, the public said they wanted to give.
‘In the constabulary we also have a system, where when a fellow officer dies on duty, we all give £1.
‘I have been quite overwhelmed by the generosity of the officers and members of the public and the emergency services, who altogether have raised an impressive £18,000.
‘I’m sure it gives the family great comfort to know there is so much support for them.’
Hampshire Constabulary said that although PC Rawson was on duty when the crash happened, he was not involved in a pursuit or responding to a 999 call.