One year on from the tragic death of Special Constable Resham Singh Nahal, we remember the man who gave so much to policing and to his community.
Being a special constable takes a special kind of person. As well as taking on the positive and uplifting side of policing, they endure all the associated challenges; dealing with sometimes unpleasant, frightening, violent or heart-breaking incidents, often seeing the worst side of humanity, and all without taking a wage. These individuals often have jobs outside of policing and could have families and caring responsibilities they also have to juggle. They might be students or retired individuals, but they all have something in common: they want to serve their community and give something back.
Resham had served as a special constable within West Midlands Police for 16 years before his death last year. He spent most of this time working as a patient transport ambulance driver for the NHS, which he had done for 15 years.
On the 8th November 2019, he was hit by a car whilst attending the scene of an accident in Oldbury and suffered multiple fractures to his leg. After suffering his life changing injuries, he appeared to be making a recovery and Chief Constable Dave Thompson spoke to him a few days before he died, discussing how he might return to his special duties in the future. His family, friends and colleagues were shocked when he died suddenly on 26th June 2020.
Resham’s son Cham has paid tribute to his Dad: ‘My late father was extremely passionate about serving and protecting the public and devoted many hours volunteering with the police force. He was a very kind, humble man with incredible faith in religion and tolerance of all faiths. He taught me everything I now know, raising me up as a single parent. I feel honoured to have had him alongside me with all the knowledge he passed me which I will continue to live by.’
Resham’s name and photograph are recorded on the West Midlands Police Roll of Honour in the reception area of the force headquarters, at Lloyd House, alongside the other officers from around the West Midlands area. This tribute dates back to the Birmingham Night Watch of the early 1800s, and includes all officers who have lost their life in connection with their police duty, or died whilst on duty.
The below picture shows the Guard of Honour at his funeral, formed by his police and ambulance service colleagues (shared by West Midlands Ambulance Service on social media after his funeral).