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Hundreds of mourners pay their respects for rookie Sydney cop killed in horror head-on car crash

Hundreds of mourners have gathered to farewell the rookie police officer killed in a horrific four car crash.   

Liverpool probationary constable Timothy Proctor, 29, died in hospital earlier this month, just three days after he was critically injured when a car veered onto the wrong side of the road and crashed into him head on at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s south on January 31.

The former volunteer firefighter was just nine months into his policing career after he graduated from the NSW Police College last April and was about to become a father for the first time.

Constable Proctor was given the grand send off he deserved in Sydney’s south-west on Monday, with a police funeral procession including VIP motorcycles, mounted police, a uniformed marching contingent and a marching band. 

NSW Police officers farewelled much loved colleague Constable Timothy Proctor at his funeral in Liverpool on Monday

The former volunteer firefighter was just nine months into his policing career after he graduated from the NSW Police College last April and was about to become a father for the first time

The former volunteer firefighter was just nine months into his policing career after he graduated from the NSW Police College last April and was about to become a father for the first time

The Liverpool probationary constable's coffin was draped in an Australian flag and topped with his officer's cap

The Liverpool probationary constable’s coffin was draped in an Australian flag and topped with his officer’s cap

The former volunteer firefighter (pictured) had been a police officer for just nine month when he was killed off-duty

The former volunteer firefighter (pictured) had been a police officer for just nine month when he was killed off-duty

Draped in an Australian flag, his coffin was carried into All Saints Catholic Church by police colleagues to a cover version of The Proclaimers’ smash hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). 

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and police minister Troy Grant were among the many mourners who packed the Liverpool church and spilled into the streets outside.

Mourners were given service booklets adorned filled snapshots of the officer’s life from a toddler dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, to his first day as a policeman and his wedding to wife Dianne, who’s currently pregnant with their first child.

The funeral procession included VIP motorcycles, mounted police, a uniformed marching contingent and a marching band

The funeral procession included VIP motorcycles, mounted police, a uniformed marching contingent and a marching band

Dignataries, including police minister Troy Grant was among the many mourners who packed All Saints Catholic Church

Dignataries, including police minister Troy Grant was among the many mourners who packed All Saints Catholic Church

‘Constable Proctor was well respected as a police officer and his loss has deeply affected the entire police family, especially his classmates at the academy and his colleagues at Liverpool who affectionately remember his kindness and ability to see the brighter side,’ Commissioner Fuller addressed mourners.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family today. Please know that you are and always will be part of the police family. Tim, we thank you for your dedication and service as an officer of the NSW Police Force. Our prayers are with you. May you rest in peace.’

He added Constable Proctor was hard working and was well on the way to becoming an outstanding police officer. 

The constable's coffin entered All Saints Catholic Church to a cover version of The Proclaimers' hit  I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

The constable’s coffin entered All Saints Catholic Church to a cover version of The Proclaimers’ hit  I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Hundreds of mourners packed the church and spilled into the streets outside to farewell Constable Timothy Proctor

Hundreds of mourners packed the church and spilled into the streets outside to farewell Constable Timothy Proctor

He was the ‘what if’ guy in the class, and his supervisors had a tough time keeping up with the questions he asked … His enthusiasm was second to none and the only thing greater than his love for his job was his love for his family,’ Commissioner Fuller said.

Constable Proctor was posthumously awarded two police medals by Commissioner Fuller, who also made him a fully fledged police constable at his hospital beside before he died.

He was awarded the National Police Service Medal, a medal normally awarded after 15 years of service with the consent of the Governor General.

He was also awarded the NSW Police Medal ethical and diligent service in protecting the community.

Constable Proctor's colleagues affectionately remembered his kindness and ability to see the brighter side on Monday

Constable Proctor’s colleagues affectionately remembered his kindness and ability to see the brighter side on Monday

Constable Proctor died in hospital earlier after he was critically injured when a car veered onto the wrong side of the road

Constable Proctor died in hospital earlier after he was critically injured when a car veered onto the wrong side of the road

His pregnant widow, Dianne Proctor, told mourners she was ‘blessed to be his wife’ and he would been the perfect father.

‘Tim made mundane daily chores fun and was someone you could always depend on,’ Mrs Proctor said.

‘I’m a better human being because of him and I’m so blessed to be his wife. His passing from this life has left an immense void in all our lives.’

NSW Police officers lined the streets of Liverpool on Monday to give the fallen constable the send off he deserved

NSW Police officers lined the streets of Liverpool on Monday to give the fallen constable the send off he deserved

Constable Proctor's coffin was carried out of the church by his policing colleagues for the final journey through Liverpool

Constable Proctor’s coffin was carried out of the church by his policing colleagues for the final journey through Liverpool

Constable Proctor was remembered on Monday as the 'what if' guy in the class with an enthusiasm was second to none

Constable Proctor was remembered on Monday as the ‘what if’ guy in the class with an enthusiasm was second to none

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Liverpool on Monday to farewell the rookie police officer killed in a horrific four car crash

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Liverpool on Monday to farewell the rookie police officer killed in a horrific four car crash

Mrs Proctor placed a police teddy bear on her husband’s casket in honour of their unborn child. 

‘Goodbye my love, and I will see you again,’ she said.

Liverpool then came to a standstill as the hundreds of mourners then lined the streets, saluted and bowed their heads in silence as Constable Proctor’s coffin made its final journey through the CBD led by a funeral procession. 

His widow Dianne Proctor told mourners her husband (right) would have been the perfect father to their unborn child

His widow Dianne Proctor told mourners her husband (right) would have been the perfect father to their unborn child

VIP motorcycles and mounted police led the funeral procession trough Liverpool for Constable Timothy Proctor on Monday

VIP motorcycles and mounted police led the funeral procession trough Liverpool for Constable Timothy Proctor on Monday

The streets of Liverpool in Sydney's south-west came to a standstill as mourners farewelled Constable Timothy Proctor

The streets of Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west came to a standstill as mourners farewelled Constable Timothy Proctor

‘Honoured to attend as the Minister for Police the very sad commemoration of Constable Timothy Proctor also a RFS Volunteer,’ NSW politician Troy Grant later posted on Facebook.

‘Service before self for this young newly married and expecting father was tragically ripped away while journeying home from a career he loved. RIP and God Bless his family who will be forever more be supported by their police family.’ 

Officers walked alongside their fallen colleague's coffin on his final journey through Liverpool, where he was stationed

Officers walked alongside their fallen colleague’s coffin on his final journey through Liverpool, where he was stationed

The funeral procession included VIP motorcycles, mounted police, a uniformed marching contingent and a marching band

The funeral procession included VIP motorcycles, mounted police, a uniformed marching contingent and a marching band

Constable Proctor was posthumously awarded two police medals by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured)

Constable Proctor was posthumously awarded two police medals by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller (pictured)

'Tim, we thank you for your dedication and service as an officer of the NSW Police Force,' Commissioner Fuller said

‘Tim, we thank you for your dedication and service as an officer of the NSW Police Force,’ Commissioner Fuller said

He had only been in the police force for nine months but Timothy Proctor won the hearts of his policing colleagues

He had only been in the police force for nine months but Timothy Proctor won the hearts of his policing colleagues

Tim was hard working and was well on the way to becoming an outstanding police officer,' Commissioner Fuller said

Tim was hard working and was well on the way to becoming an outstanding police officer,’ Commissioner Fuller said

 

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