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Memorial for PC Bill Barker unveiled in Workington

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A memorial has been unveiled for a policeman who died during flooding in Cumbria.

PC Bill Barker was checking for people in the water when Northside Bridge in Workington collapsed in November 2009.

The memorial, at Curwen Park, was unveiled by the chief constable of Cumbria, The Lord Lieutenant and PC Barker's family.

A bravery award for PC Barker was also given to his wife Hazel. She said she was humbled by the tributes.

"Memorials such as this can never compensate the family's for their loss but, rightfully, recognises the bravery and commitment to duty of officers who, when others run in the opposite direction from danger they step forward," she said.

The Lord Lieutenant, Sir James Cropper, presented the Queen's Commendation for Bravery to Mrs Barker in recognition of her husband's outstanding bravery and sacrifice.

"We are, of course, extremely proud that Bill has been honoured in this way by the Queen," she said.

"Bill was extremely honoured and privileged to serve in the police and his sacrifice and bravery being recognised in this way is extremely humbling.

"We, as a family, feel it is right and fitting that we accept the award not only on behalf of Bill but also for all officers who have tragically given their lives during the execution of their duties."

In November 2009 unprecedented rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding towns and villages across the county.

Damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure was estimated one year after the incident to be £276m.

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