Tributes Paid To Extremely Popular Police Officer Whose Funeral Is Being Held Today
The heartbroken parents of a well-liked and hugely respected police officer who was killed during a vehicle pursuit have paid tribute to their son.
PC Matt Lannie died after his motorcycle collided with a car on Tuesday 21st April in Nether Lane, Ecclesfield.
PC Lannie was attached to South Yorkshire’s Road Policing Unit and was making his way to assist his colleagues who were involved in a vehicle pursuit.
PC Lannie has been described as a “treasured son, partner and friend” with South Yorkshire Police adding that: ‘his loved ones will remember him as a thoughtful, kind and funny man who can never be replaced’.
PC Lannie’s mum paid an emotional tribute to her son when she said:
“Not only was Matt ex-military and a serving police officer, he was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, colleague and best friend to many.
“He had achieved so much in his career – and lived his life to the absolute brim out of the uniform too.
“He had a great sense of humour and a cheeky charm. The way he told a story would have everyone in fits of laughter – only he could get away with the banter he gave, as you could not help but love him and crack up laughing too.
“He loved his family and friends, and always had time for each and every one. He was so thoughtful, kind and funny.
“It broke our hearts to lose him and we miss him every day. He was such a special person, we hope he’s in a special place, we love him so dearly and he can never be replaced.”
Matt’s father also said how proud he was that his son had served not only in the police, but in the military as well.
“I know we have not always lived in each other’s pockets as we are both well-travelled and have led busy lives. But it was always nice when you were mentioned in conversation as I was extremely proud to say I was your father and you were my son.
“I am so proud of everything you achieved and all that you have done in your life. Rest in peace, until we meet again.”
PC Lannie joined South Yorkshire Police in 2012. He was initially based in Sheffield before transferring to the forces Operational Support Unit in 2017.
Superintendent Paul McCurry, head of South Yorkshire Polices’ Operation Support Unit, said:
“Matt was a popular and much-respected colleague who enjoyed his work within roads policing.
“I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of occasions and we all miss him.”
Chief Constable Stephen Watson QPM said:
“Matt died in the line of duty, and dreadful events such as these serve to remind us of the great dangers that police officers confront every day in order to keep us all safe.
“Matt’s dedication to protect the public is testament to his courage and professionalism, he was an upstanding constable and to protect us he made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We must ensure that Matt’s memory lives on. Matt was loved by everyone, and his kind and humorous nature is reflected in the conversations I have had with colleagues.
“Matt, we thank you for your service and honour your memory.”
Matt’s OSU colleagues paid tribute to Matt and added:
“Matt, we will remember you in our stories and the laughter we shared. You will always be part of our team, and your memory will live on.
“You will always be known for your larger than life character, your infectious smile and your passion for your job. You wore your uniform with pride.
“You had the ability to light up a room with your charismatic nature and smile.
“Your friendly banter made the office a brighter place to be. We are honoured to have worked alongside you, you have left a huge hole in not only our team but the wider SYP family.”
Before the private service, Matt’s colleagues also gave him a guard of honour as a sign of respect to their fallen colleague.
A JustGiving page has been set up in PC Lannie’s memory with all donations going to Help For Heroes.
So far, over £7,000 has been raised to help Matt’s former military colleagues who have been injured both physically and mentally as a result of combat operations.
Speaking about the JustGiving page, Craig Sharratt said:
‘Matt has served his queen and country for so many years. Serving firstly in the Military and then in the police.
‘Matt was one of the warmest, nicest, funniest, cheeky chaps you could ever wish to meet. No matter what room he entered he would bring laughter, sunshine and smiles, and he would do anything for absolutely anyone, he was one that you could rely on in any situation.
‘We are wanting to raise as much money as we can for the charity Matt held close to his heart, this charity being Help for Heroes. Matt never ever forgot or even lost his love for the military and all who served or are still serving.
‘Any money raised for the charity would help serving or ex-service personnel, in many many ways. Either helping them adjust after leaving the military, helping those that have fallen on hard times or even funding for a place where people could just meet for a chat. This would of meant the world to Matt, knowing any money raised would be helping others.
‘This would also mean so much to Matts family, colleagues and friends, knowing we were all able to help in raising money for Matts charity.
‘Please let’s give as much as we can, to show Matt how much he is loved. Thank you all. God bless you Matt rest in peace’.
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