Officer's family 'buoyed by support'

Published Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Toggle font size

The parents of PSNI Constable Philippa Reynolds, who was killed when a stolen 4X4 crashed into the police patrol car she was travelling in, have told UTV that faith, love and support are "buoying" them as they prepare to say their final farewell to their daughter.

Video available to UK viewers only.
We’re sorry. This video is unavailable from your location.

To find out if this video is available to you, we need to know what region you live in. Please enter your postcode below (including space).

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for confirming your region.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are sorry but this video is not available on in your region. Your region is listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you in Northern Ireland?

1. Why is my postcode required?

We are asking you to insert your postcode before watching some videos to confirm you can access the video content via

This is because some videos on are only available in Northern Ireland.

Don't worry, we won't store or use this information for any other purpose.

If you are not in Northern Ireland, the content may be available to watch at or

2. Why am I directed to or when I try to view certain clips?

The videos, which are not available on to users outside Northern Ireland, will be available to those users on (for users in England and Wales) or (for most users in Scotland).

We need to know where you are in order to make sure you are getting the right content.

If you think we've got your location wrong, then please click here.

Need more help? Contact us

A host of tributes have already been paid to 27-year-old Philippa, who will be laid to rest following her funeral service on Wednesday afternoon.

"We may appear strong today but, believe me, we're not. Our hearts are breaking," her mum Dorothy told UTV, speaking publicly for the first time about the tragic loss.

"Many other people who have lost loved ones will know how we feel. We are devastated."

Dorothy and her husband, Philippa's dad Mervyn, were actually on holidays in Las Vegas to celebrate her 60th birthday when the fatal crash happened in Londonderry.

The stolen vehicle ran a red light and struck the unmarked police car. Phillipa was killed instantly, while two other officers were also injured.

The news was broken to Mervyn over the phone, in the early hours of the morning they were due to travel home, by another of their daughters - who didn't want them finding out via Facebook.

That left him to tell his wife what had happened.

We're a close family, that's just how we are ... Now one of us is missing.

Mervyn and Dorothy Reynolds

Recalling the devastating moment, when he still couldn't believe it himself, he told UTV: "I just went over to Dorothy and said: 'We've one less daughter'."

Philippa had been in the PSNI since February 2011, when she quit teaching to accept a place in the police training college. Throughout her career, she was based at Strand Road station in Derry.

"She'd enjoyed every minute of her career and, from what I hear, people think she was going to go far," her dad said.

"To hear from her senior officers about people coming from parts of Derry that would never have walked into a police station before and handing in sympathy cards, Mass cards ... It's amazing."

Speaking about the love and support shown to the family from Philippa's colleagues, her mum added: "I'm just so proud of her. She's my wee girl, our wee girl, and it's lovely to hear her colleagues speak so highly of her."

Philippa's parents remember her as a home bird, but also cheerful and outgoing - someone who concentrated on doing a good job and who treated everyone the same.

And most of all, they remember her big smile.

Whether as a three-year-old beaming for the camera during a Girls' Brigade display, or as a young woman struggling to stay serious for her official police photo, they remember that smile.

"That's how I'll remember her," her dad said.

Philippa Reynolds, whose family will always remember her big smile.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Hugh in Belfast wrote (430 days ago):
Lorna why don't you change the record. This is about a Policewoman that tragically died. Keep your jibes to yourself
paul in dundonald wrote (430 days ago):
what a tragic loss for this lovely family, i hope god helps you all with this heartbreak.
sharon mcallister in LONDONDERRY wrote (430 days ago):
THOUGHTS and prayers with all her family at this very sad time ,came across philppa in a problem with my son who got into trouble etc etc and found her a very down to earth lovely girl,SO SO SAD....
Anne in Toronto wrote (430 days ago):
Heartbreaking. Lovely, brave family. May all your happy memories help you though this tragic time.
Bellamy in Belfast wrote (431 days ago):
What a lovely family, no surprise that their daughter was so well regarded. Heartfelt condolences
Email address*:    
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
Mon 31 March 2014
Carrick disturbances
Fri 11 April 2014
Fatal shooting in west Belfast
Sat 19 April 2014