Police forces and other emergency services personnel/supporters up-and-down the country are expected to come together at 11 am tomorrow (Friday 23rd August) to hold a minutes silence for PC Andrew Harper.
Thames Valley Police is taking the lead in the mark of respect for PC Harper.
A spokesperson for the force said:
‘Thames Valley Police is going to be holding a one minute silence across the force tomorrow (23/8) at 11 am in memory of PC Andrew Harper.
‘These are private events, and we would ask that the privacy of our officers and staff is respected across the force area’.
It was just under one week ago that PC Harper was murdered while responding to a burglary.
One male has been charged with the officer’s murder and is expected to face trial in January 2020.
In under one week, £260,000 has been raised in memory of PC Harper via a JustGiving campaign that was set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation.
When the Federation set the campaign up, their target was to raise £10,000 for PC Harper’s family, but this target was reached in under one hour.
PC Harper’s wife, Lissie, made an emotional tribute to her husband, who she had married only four weeks before his tragic death.
The couple were due to head away for their honeymoon this week.
In her tribute, Lissie said:
‘To my best friend,
‘The kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet. You were brave, funny, and always there for anyone who needed it.
‘There is not enough paper in the world to even begin to write a tribute for you, but no one deserves it more.
‘We had so many plans for the future; you wanted to do it all. My darling boy, I do not know how I will be able to survive without you.
‘Anyone who was lucky enough to meet you, whether they knew you as Andrew, Andy, Uncle Mann, Harps or PC Harper … to everyone you are a hero.
‘You had the best sense of humour and never took life too seriously. You treasured every moment and always had a smile on your face.
‘I want to be angry that your job took you away from us, but I know you loved it and always wanted to keep everyone safe, especially me. You went the extra mile whenever you could and genuinely cared for everyone.
‘The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it’s no surprise that even when you’re gone, you’re still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.
‘I can’t begin to imagine a life without your silly jokes, size 14 feet, large appetite, big hugs, Sunday roasts, and never faltering positive attitude. You kept me going if I was down and took care of us all until the last.
‘Even now I can still hear you nagging me to brush my teeth, get dressed and eat something. We are all feeling so very lost without you, but we are trying to be as brave as you were.
‘You have so, so many friends, my love and everyone loves you. The messages, support, and kind words about you have been overwhelming, and I can’t thank everyone enough for that.
‘You loved music, movies, travel, every animal in the world, messing around with our brothers, and chilling out with our sisters. You loved our families, every single one.