Police guard of honour for much-loved cleaner Frank
We’ve paid our respects to a “larger than life" former colleague − a cleaner at police stations in Birmingham for many years − with a formal guard of honour at his funeral.
Frank Beale worked as a cleaner with us at stations including Stechford, Kings Heath and Moseley for almost 13 years.
The 73-year-old, from Hall Green passed away suddenly following an illness and was laid to rest at Yardley Crematorium last week (1 April).
CoVID restrictions meant mourner numbers were limited but we worked with Frank’s family to ensure he received a fitting send-off.
Frank’s service included a police guard of honour and slow marching party, while the force’s Standard Bearer, PC Andy Woollaston, attended the service to pass on the force’s condolences and salute to Frank in recognition of his service.
He said: “Frank was part of the West Midlands Police family. It’s only right that we pay our respects as a force to all former colleagues no matter what role they played: we are all part of the team."
Frank’s daughter Sarah added: “I really want to say a huge thank-you…the Guard of Honour was truly amazing and we were blown away by this.
She added: “In a time where we felt we couldn’t give dad the send-off he deserved and really wanted, the Guard of honour filled that gap.
“We cannot thank you all enough, it was the nicest thing anyone could have done for him and I know my dad would have been touched just as we were by the team. You all helped to give us the funeral to remember. An amazing tribute for a fantastic man."
Our Police Honour Guard is a team of volunteers from across the force who pay tribute to fallen officers and staff as well as attending memorial and ceremonial events on behalf of the force.