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Merseyside Firefighters took part in a blue light battle royal against the British Police Rugby Team in memory of fallen PC Dave Phillips in January.
One Firefighter and two Station Managers from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service played in the match at Firwood Waterloo Rugby Club in Blundellsands as part of the British Fire Service Rugby team, with all proceeds going towards the Constable Dave Phillips Memorial Fund.   
A 700-strong crowd gathered to watch the match at Firwood, including PC Phillips’s wife, Jen, who thanks the players and crowds for their “overwhelming” support.
Dad-of-two Dave Phillips was knocked down by a pick-up truck while responding to a burglary on October 5 last year. Since then his colleagues, friends and the wider community have raised around £315,000 for a dedicated memorial fund set up in his name.
Although the fire team were beaten by police 85- 14, it didn’t stop MFRS team members, Station Manager Paul Kay, Watch Manager Ben Flint and Firefighter Richard Young, enjoying the game.
Paul, who played scrum half as part of the team alongside players from London Fire Brigade, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was honoured to be part of the match, played in tribute to PC Dave Phillips.”
Station Manager Dave Scully, Great Britain Director of Fire Service Rugby, said: “This is the annual fixture we always look forward to. We were proud to support our colleagues in the police by honouring PC Dave Phillips and supporting his family. The game was an excellent tribute to PC Dave Phillips.”
BAdge OF HOnOur
A Merseyside Police Constable has launched a commemorative tie pin badge in honour of his fallen colleague, PC Dave Phillips.
PC Pete Cullen, with help from
Merseyside Police Federation,
commissioned the badge as a
tribute to his friend and over 2,500 have since been sold in Merseyside alone.
The badges, which cost £5, feature PC Phillips’s collar number, surname and the thin blue line emblem. All proceeds from them will go directly to the Constable Dave Phillips Memorial Fund.
PC Cullen is now hoping members of other emergency services across the UK will buy a badge to show support and help raise funds for Constable Phillips’s family.
and two daughters, Abigail and Sophie.
“I joined Merseyside Police with Dave in 2006 and, following his death, I decided I wanted to do something in his memory.
“I have set up a web page so that members of the public and colleagues from other emergency services can purchase a tie pin badge.
“Dave was a hard-working officer who died protecting the community he not only served every day but also lived in.
“It is my hope that we can give a little back to his family in such tragic times and allow people to proudly display Dave’s name and collar number in his memory.”
To buy a badge, or to make a donation, visit
Constable Cullen said: “PC Phillips was killed in the line of duty in October last year. He left behind his wife, Jen,

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