Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Farewell to Philippa: Tearful tributes at funeral of hero PSNI officer Reynolds

Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey.   Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car.  Miss Reynolds coffin is carried into the church for the service.
Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Miss Reynolds coffin is carried into the church for the service.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: The funeral cortege pictured leaving Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Police officer Philippa Reynolds was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Among the mourners are the first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, as well as the justice minister, David Ford. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Philippa's mother Dorothy is comforted by the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness after the funeral service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. One of Philippa's sisters is comforted after the funeral service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. A PSNI officer salutes as Philippa's coffin leaves the church after the funeral service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Chief Constable Matt Baggott(right) and other senior PSNI officers pictured at the funeral.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Philippa's father Mervyn is comforted after the funeral service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Miss Reynolds colleagues pictured aft the service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Miss Reynolds parents Dorothy and Mervyn follow her coffin after the funeral service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Miss Reynolds coffin is carried from the church after the service.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Miss Reynolds coffin is carried from the church after the service.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: The family of Philippa Reynolds lead the funeral cortege as it leaves Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Police officer Philippa Reynolds was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Among the mourners are the first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, as well as the justice minister, David Ford. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: The family of Philippa Reynolds lead the funeral cortege as it leaves Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Police officer Philippa Reynolds was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Among the mourners are the first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, as well as the justice minister, David Ford. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: The family of Philippa Reynolds lead the funeral cortege as it leaves Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Police officer Philippa Reynolds was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Among the mourners are the first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, as well as the justice minister, David Ford. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Dorothy Reynolds (mother) at The Funeral of PSNI officer Phillippa Reynonds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtonabbey , Phillippa who died when the police car she was a rear seat passenger in was hit by a stolen vehicle in Derry on saturday
Funeral of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Constable Reynolds was killed last weekend in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Justice Minister David Ford arrives at the church.
Dorothy and Mervyn Reynolds, parents of Constable Philippa Reynolds who was killed when her patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4, speaking from the family home in Crumlin today with their other daughters Debra (left) and Nicola.
Family picture of Phillipa Reynolds, the young policewoman who died in a road traffic collision when her police car was rammed by a stolen vehicle in Londonderry at the weekend.
The funeral is taking place of the police officer who was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa Reynolds, 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Her funeral is taking place at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 12-2-2013 Phillipa Reynolds, the PSNI constable who was killed at the weekend when a stolen vehicle rammed her police car in Londonderry. Two men appeared in court in the city yesterday charged in connection with her death.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 12-2-2013 Family picture with her two sisterss of Phillipa Reynolds, the young policewoman who died in a road traffic collision when her police car was rammed by a stolen vehicle in Londonderry at the weekend. (Grab from pooled TV Interview facilitated by PSNI)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: The funeral is taking place of the police officer who was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa Reynolds, 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Her funeral is taking place at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Picture By: Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 13-02-2013: Family pictured arriving at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. The funeral is taking place of the police officer who was killed in a car crash in Londonderry at the weekend. Philippa Reynolds, 27, was on a routine patrol in an unmarked police car when it was hit by a stolen vehicle on Saturday. Her funeral is taking place at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey. Picture By: Pacemaker.

The sister of Constable Philippa Reynolds, who died in a crash in Northern Ireland, told mourners at her funeral that she was her hero.

Debra Reynolds choked back tears at the funeral, held in Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey, as she paid tribute to her best friend and soul mate Philippa Reynolds.

"Never in my life would I think that I had to be the one saying goodbye," she said.

Constable Reynolds, 27, was a back seat passenger in the unmarked police car that was struck by the jeep in Londonderry in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two men have been charged in connection with her death.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said she was a superb police officer, the best of the best.

He said she was compassionate and caring and wanted to make lives better.

Speaking ahead of Miss Reynolds’ funeral, the PSNI Chief Constable said it was a day of “profound sadness and sorrow”.

"She was the embodiment of what policing aspires too. She wanted to make Londonderry/Derry a finer and safer place, working towards building peace in that city," Mr Baggott said:

Miss Reynolds died instantly when the patrol car she was a rear seat passenger in was struck by a stolen vehicle in Londonderry in the early hours of Saturday.

The young officer, from Nutts Corner, Co Antrim, originally qualified as a teacher before leaving the profession to accept a place in the police training college in February 2011.

Mr Baggott said he had been the convening officer on the day of Miss Reynolds’ PSNI graduation.

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is undoubtedly the finest police force in the world, and Philippa was undoubtedly the best of the best,” said Mr Baggott

“She was kind, she was caring, she was courageous when necessary, she was compassionate.”

Mr Baggott said Miss Reynolds had made a huge impression on her colleagues and the public during her short spell in the service.

“She was part of the story of peace building in Derry/Londonderry. Peace comes when people show kindness, peace comes when people show caring, and Philippa was part of that story,” he said.

“I just want to say thank you to the Reynolds family for giving Philippa to us.”

Mr Baggott said Philippa was both “impartial” and “inspirational” and talked about meeting her family on Tuesday.

“I can see from her family why Philippa was so good at what she was doing, why she was such a fantastic police officer” he said.

“Philippa had a wonderful quality of humility, she just got on with it.”

Miss Reynolds’ district commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, described the officer as “a loving daughter, a sister, a best friend”.

He said Miss Reynolds’ typified what it meant to serve the community as a police officer.

Both men thanked the public for their support since the tragedy.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support.,” said Mr Cargin.

“Her parents said to me on Sunday ‘we hope something good comes out of this’.

“Something good has come out of it - communities have come together, communities are uniting behind us as a police service, uniting together and supporting us as a police service. So something really powerful has come out of this.”

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz