Tragic death of Special Constable Ryan O’Hara aged 22

A Cheshire Police Special Constable Ryan O’Hara has sadly died at his home address in Culcheth, Warrington, on Thursday 21st July.

The 22-year-old, who lived at home with his family, had been studying on the BSc Community Policing and Criminal Investigation course at the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester. He had been a Special based in the town since 2014.

Ryan’s funeral will be held at 11.30am on 5th August at St Lewis Roman Catholic Church, in Mustard Lane, Croft. The church service will be followed by interment in the grounds of the church.

Mourners are welcome to attend the Cherry Tree Pub in Common Lane, Culcheth, after the service.

Floral tributes are welcome or donations can be made to a charity to be nominated by Ryan’s family.

Chief Officer of the Special Constabulary Celvyn Jones said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ryan’s sudden death late last week. Our thoughts and condolences are very much with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time. I have met with Ryan’s parents and have seen first hand the love and pride they had for him. It is clear that he will be very much missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him.”

Ryan’s mum Ann said: “We are devastated at what has happened – Ryan’s death has left a huge hole in our lives that can never be filled. It has been a comfort to us over the past few days to hear of messages from his work colleagues and friends. I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch.

“Ryan was so proud to have served as a member of the Special Constabulary – he worked so hard to get to this stage of his life and it was his ultimate dream to become a regular police officer one day. We would talk daily about his role and the challenges he would face and we would often sit up at night talking about his day and going through his training.”