Spalding police sergeant remembers fellow officer who died of after contracting COVID-19
A Spalding police sergeant has paid a moving tribute to a former colleague who died after contracting coronavirus.
Sergeant (Sgt) Rick Mosley, community beat sergeant for Spalding and Crowland, described retired police officer Paul Pettitt as someone who "always took time to help people".
Mr Pettitt, thought to have been in his 50s, had reportedly been diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning from a recent holiday in Spain.
Sgt Mosley said: "It was a huge shock when I first heard of Paul's death.
"We were colleagues for a few years, not long after I came into neighbourhood policing in the mid-2000s.
"Paul was my sergeant when I was a community beat manager in the west end of Lincoln.
"We worked together for quite a while and we had a shared interest in scuba diving that developed the friendship.
"He was really good, very relaxed, very laid back and never got stressed about anything.
"Paul always took time to help people and if someone else was struggling, he would always stop and give them a hand."
Mr Pettitt is thought to have spent most of his 30-year policing career in Lincoln, although he also served in the Stamford area during the 1990s.
Known as "Pap" to officers who worked with him, Lincolnshire Police dedicated last week's episode of Inside the Force 24/7, a documentary about the county’s policing, to Mr Pettitt.
Sgt Mosley said: "Paul worked on different units around Lincolnshire with a very friendly, jovial attitude.
"He was very kind and considerate, compassionate and very thoughtful about people.
"But he also had a big sense of humour and he had some fantastic tales to tell about his early years in policing."
Another officer to pay tribute to Mr Pettitt was former South Holland neighbourhood policing inspector and ex-Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West who said: "Had the privilege to work alongside Pap as sergeants 2001-3
"Very fond memories of a gentleman with a great sense of humour.
"Sending my best wishes to his friends, family and colleagues, we will all be touched by his loss."