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Police mourn the tragic loss of two officers who died 48 hours apart
43-year-old PC Doug Franks is remembered for his ‘infectious enthusiasm’, while 50-year-old Sergeant Sean Prestion, who died two days later, was described as a ‘big character’. A police force mourns the tragic loss of two loyal officers. He died two days apart. The Sussex Police’s chief police paid tribute to PC Doug Franks, a member of the Bognor Response Team, and Sergeant Sean Preston, a custody sergeant in Worthing.
The 43-year-old Franks, the father of a “loyal” child, left a son after suddenly dying on February 10 at the Lee-on-the-Solent home in Hampshire.
On February 12, Sergeant Preston, 50, died after being hospitalized in January, when he contracted the coronavirus.
He was survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Police Chief Jo Shiner said the couple will be remembered for keeping their local communities safe with “passion, pride and commitment”. The chief said: “It has been a very sad week for the Sussex Police that our family of two policemen passed away untimely. My thoughts are with Doug and Sean’s families, friends and colleagues.
“Doug was a much loved and respected colleague who fulfilled his ambition to become a cop when he joined the Sussex Police in July 2019. A year ago he was proud to achieve independent patrol status and served to keep people in Sussex safe. A popular colleague, He joined the force after working as a financial inspector in the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit, known for his strong friendships and infectious enthusiasm.
Sean was a highly respected and experienced officer who worked in a number of roles within the service, including the Neighborhood Sergeant at Gatwick Airport and the Surveillance Officer at Worthing and Brighton. Sean was a giant character with a great sense of humor, loved by everyone he worked with and devoted to his family.
“Both will be missed by anyone who knows them and I am proud that they can serve the local community with passion, pride and devotion.”