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Tributes paid to road death cop

PUBLISHED: 17:08 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 August 2010

TRAGEDY: Phill Pratt died while diverting traffic.

TRAGEDY: Phill Pratt died while diverting traffic.

THE family of a police officer who was knocked down and killed while diverting traffic have paid moving tribute to happy, fun-loving son, brother and partner. PC Phillip Pratt, 26, died while on duty on Sunday 14 June. He was diverting traffic off the A2

THE family of a police officer who was knocked down and killed while diverting traffic have paid moving tribute to happy, fun-loving son, brother and partner.

PC Phillip Pratt, 26, died while on duty on Sunday 14 June. He was diverting traffic off the A249 near Sittingbourne at around 8.05am following an earlier incident on the Maidstone bound carriageway. As he began putting cones in place he was knocked down by a grey Peugeot 206.

During his four years of service for Kent Police he worked on the Volume Crime Team in Dartford and Gravesend as part of his training for two months in early 2006.

His parents, Ted and Chris, sister Julia and fiancée Debbie O'Neill, remember him as a big-hearted man who gave everything he did 110 per cent.

Mr Pratt said: "Phil found working with the boys rewarding and he enjoyed passing on his knowledge, whether it was in first aid or communications, whenever his shifts would allow."

Initially he worked within the force communications centre, based at Maidstone, as a police staff employee.

The following year he joined Kent Police as a Special Constable in Swale and continued both roles until January 2005, when he began his full time career as a police officer.

PC Pratt met his fiancée six-and-a-half years ago while both were working within the communications centre.

Miss O'Neill, who now works for the Police Benevolent Fund, has two sons, Danny,14, and Liam,10, and they very quickly became a hugely important part of PC Pratt's life.

She said: "Phill had a very naughty sense of humour and was well-known for his pranks.

"One of the biggest parts of his personality was his ability to make everybody laugh all the time. He was one of the funniest people I have ever met in my life.

"There was always a point of each and every day that he would have me laughing so hard that my sides hurt. He was spontaneous and he enjoyed bringing a smile to people's faces.

"He died protecting others. We are all very proud of him."

Kent Police's serious collision investigation Unit (SCIU) are investigating this incident. Contact 01622 798538.

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