A MEMORIAL painting has been presented to the family of a police officer who died while on duty in Canada.

PC Dan Woodall served with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) from 2002 to 2006 and relocated to Edmonton Police Service, Alberta, Canada.

On 8 June 2015, PC Woodall and colleagues were attempting to arrest a local resident on suspicion of harassment and hate crimes. As they approached the door to apprehend the suspect, an armed gunman opened fire and PC Woodall was fatally injured. He was thirty five when he died, leaving behind a widow and two young sons.

PC Woodall lived in Salford while with GMP and to honour him Edmonton Police Service with the charity Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Ribbon Society, sent GMP a painting to commemorate his duty.

This was given to his parents Denise and David Woodall during an emotional presentation on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Constable, Ian Pilling said: “PC Woodall was an exceptional officer who fulfilled his service until the very end. His untimely death remains unbearably tragic for his loved ones and both GMP and Edmonton Police Service alike.

“The painting is a fitting tribute which honours PC Woodall’s life and service. It was a privilege to present this to his parents.”

Chief Constable of Edmonton Police Service, Dale McFee said: “The grief of losing Dan was felt worldwide. Friends, citizens and organisations stood up to show we are stronger together and hate does not belong in this world.

“On behalf of Edmonton Police Service, we give this gift to Dan’s parents and we reach out a hand to the Woodall family, who will always be members of the Edmonton Police family.”