Brian suffered serious back injuries after being assaulted by a gang of youths. The mobility problems caused by his injuries were such that his police career was cut short.
Initially Brian thought he would get better after a few months bed rest and possibly a period on light duties at work. The turning point came one day at work when Brian had to watch in frustration as his colleague jumped out of a police car to chase a subject while he struggled to even get out of the car.
“[It was] then I knew I didn’t feel safe and I was a liability to my colleagues. The doctor told me that if I kept working and damaged my back further I would end up in a wheelchair.”
Having retired from the force due to the extent of his mobility problems, Brian was encouraged by his force Welfare Officer to apply to the Police Dependants’ Trust for financial support.
The Trust gave Brian a grant to assist with the cost of a specially adapted car. As well as giving him back his independence, the car has enabled him “to be like everyone else’s Dad” as it means he can still drive his children to their clubs and classes.
“[At first] I was being selfish; I didn’t want to take ‘charity’. But I am glad I did as it has benefited my whole family.”