The family of a tragic police officer who died in a horror accident paid tribute to him today as he was laid to rest.
The funeral of PC Dean Morrison was held at Carnoustie Church three weeks after he died on his way home from a Christmas night out with colleagues.
PC Morrison’s body was discovered in the Barry Burn, beside the Angus town’s famous championship golf course, on Sunday December 16.
Police said the 40-year-old’s death was a “tragic accident”.
The flag at Police Scotland Tayside Division’s HQ in Dundee was flown at half mast today as a mark of respect.
Dozens of friends and fellow officers attended the service in Carnoustie this afternoon.
Welsh-born Dean is survived by wife Emily, 41, and his ten-year-old son.
The man who died at Barry Burn #Carnoustie yesterday, has been named as PC Dean Morrison. Ch Supt Todd said : Dean was a highly respected officer who was extremely well liked & popular with his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family & friends pic.twitter.com/EHyKtinzP5
— TaysidePolice (@TaysidePolice) December 17, 2018
His wife and senior officers paid tribute to PC Morrison, who served Tayside Police and the amalgamated national force for a total of 16 years, latterly at the Longhaugh police office in Dundee.
Emily said: “I would like on behalf of Dean’s family, to take this opportunity to thank our friends and Dean’s ‘Police family’ for their support and kindness during this very difficult time.
“I would particularly like to thank those of you have taken the time to post so many kind comments on Social media platforms which have given us insight into the character of the Police Officer we all knew, loved and have now lost.
“Dean was ‘my double up’ in life, an amazing husband, son, brother, uncle and truly wonderful, loving and devoted father to his daughter and son.”
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd said: “Today the police family unites to bid farewell to a well-liked and hard-working officer.
“Today’s poignant service is in recognition and to pay tribute to a respected officer and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
And Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor added: “Police Scotland was fortunate to have had PC Morrison during his 16 years of service.
“He was a highly respected, popular and professional officer and is sadly missed. The thoughts of his colleagues are with his family and friends.”