Family and colleagues pay tribute to police officer killed in Writtle motorcycle collision

Tributes have been paid to an Essex Police officer who died in a collision in Writtle earlier this month.

PC Andrew ‘Drew’ Kirk had been an officer for 18 years and worked in the Force Support Unit (FSU).

Constable Kirk, 41, had been riding his motorbike along on the A414 at Writtle while off-duty at around 1.55pm on December 17 when he was in collision with a lorry.

Sadly, he died at the scene.

In a statement on behalf of his family, his wife Wendy said: “Drew was a wonderful husband and a proud, dedicated father to our daughter.

“His main interest was his family and he was a great friend to everyone who knew him.

“He loved playing and watching rugby, especially his daughter’s matches.

“Drew will be greatly be missed by his whole family.”

Paying tribute to Drew, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said: “Since Drew’s sad passing I’ve had so many conversations with his colleagues and friends and the same things keep coming up – Drew was a gentle giant who would have done anything to help other people.

“Not only did he dedicate his life to protecting and serving the public of Essex, but the sense of loss across the force is palpable. He was a real presence – a dedicated colleague, great friend, and a hardworking officer.

“He will always be a part of the Essex Police family, as will his wife and daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

“Rest in peace, Drew, we’ll take it from here.”

Mick Ferris

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