Student officer honoured to wear father's collar number

A student police officer has been presented with a set of epaulettes with his late Father’s collar number – 111 – at this attestation ceremony last night (Wednesday 25 April) by the Chief Constable.

Lewis Sparling is two weeks into his initial seventeen week training to become a police officer.

Lewis’s Father, Stewart (Stew) Sparling was a very popular and hardworking Sergeant with Leicestershire Police when he sadly died in June 2015 from Motor Neurone Disease. He was just 44.

Stew launched a new charity called the Treble One Trust – named after his collar number – to raise money for specialist equipment for sufferers in the later stages of MND. He raised more than £50,000 and his friends and family are continuing his legacy and still organising fundraising events to help others.

Lewis became a PCSO in 2016 working at Spinney Hill but always wanted to be a police officer like his Dad. He said; “Dad joined the force the year I was born in 1994 so I grew up listening to his stories and I’ve wanted to be a police officer for as long as I can remember.

“When Dad passed away his collar number was retired so it is very emotional to be wearing it. I am sure Dad would be proud. I’d obviously rather have him here but wearing his collar number is the closest thing I can have. I knew the Chief Constable was going to say a few words about my Dad but I didn’t expect him to present me with set of epaulettes, it was a lovely lovely thing to do. My Mum and my sister were blown away.”

Chief Constable, Simon Cole, said; “When Stew lost his heroic fight with motor neurone disease we retired his collar number and I was honoured to give 111 its ‘last call’ at Stew’s funeral at the request of his family. Stew’s amazing work with the Treble One Trust continues thanks to his family and friends to support others with MND and it was very emotional to be able to give Lewis 111 as his collar number and to do so in the presence of his family and the Lord Lieutenant.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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