Hero police officer who saved the lives of two people stabbed near nightclub is killed after being runover while he was walking to work
- Paul Frear’s intervention saved the lives of two people following a stabbing
- But he was sadly killed after being hit a by a car in Birmingham walking to work
A hero police officer who saved the lives of two people from being stabbed outside a nightclub has died after being hit by a car in Birmingham.
Sergeant Paul Frear, of West Midlands Police, was critically injured in the incident in Tollhouse Way, Smethwick, as he walked to work on Thursday.
The force said Mr Frear, 45, a father-of-two, died in hospital on Friday. They had previously said that the driver of the car had been assisting with the investigation into the incident.
He had served with the force for 21 years and worked in Wolverhampton, having joined in August 2002.
Mr Frear was described as ‘dedicated’ and West Midlands Police confirmed he died today, surrounded by his family.
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of Sergeant Paul Frear, 45, who died on Friday
As a sign of respect, flags were flown at half-mast above police stations to commemorate the hero police officer.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: ‘We are offering all the support we can to his wife and their two children and his wider family too at this awful time.
‘We know how deeply this will affect those who knew him and worked with him and indeed the whole policing family.
‘As a mark of respect, we will be flying the force flags at half-mast.’
Mr Frear provided emergency first aid at the scene of a double stabbing outside a Wolverhampton nightclub in 2017, with both victims surviving due to his intervention.
In June 2018, a 22-year-old man was jailed for 14 years for two counts of causing grievous bodily harm.
Mr Frear and PC Paul Bishop were awarded a Chief Constables Team Award and Royal Humane Society Certificates on January 22, 2019 thanks to their efforts.
Paul Frear (left) and PC Paul Bishop (right) pictured receiving their bravery awards from Chief Constable Dave Thompson
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster said: ‘Sergeant Paul Frear committed his working life to serving the people of the West Midlands.
‘He was a dedicated and popular member of the force throughout his 21 years service.
‘My thoughts, and those of everyone within my office, are with his family, particularly his wife and children.
‘I know that West Midlands Police will provide them with all the support they need.’
Chair of West Midlands Police Federation Rich Cooke said: ‘This is horrendous for Paul’s family and his many friends and colleagues in West Midlands Police.
‘Paul was a lovely, mild mannered man with a cheeky sense of humour. A great cop of 21 years. He leaves a beautiful family and is a grievous loss to us.’
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the force on 101 quoting incident 649 of September 21.
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