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COMRADES' TEARS; FORCE MOURN SHOT CONSTABLE Honour guard for Rod.

Byline: Christine Lavelle reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

MORE than 100 police officers formed a guard of honour yesterday at the funeral of a constable who shot himself at work. Some fought back tears at the sight of PC Rod Gellatly's coffin.

Colleagues of Rod, 41, found him dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the armoury of Glasgow's Baird Street police station on November 5. It is not believed anyone else was involved.

His comrades at the Strathclyde force, led by acting chief constable Campbell Corrigan and his deputy Ruaridh Nicholson, joined his widow Fiona, 44, and other relatives to pay their respects at the funeral service.

Rod's police cap was placed on top of his coffin, which was draped in the Strathclyde Police flag. A wreath of red and white flowers was placed at the foot.

A piper led the hearse as it arrived at Linn Crematorium on Glasgow's south side.

Highland Cathedral was played as the coffin was carried into St Mungo's Chapel, with the family walking behind.

Rod's life was celebrated at a civil funeral service which lasted almost an hour.

PC Dawn McMaster, one of his colleagues at Baird Street, paid tribute to him, as did Superintendent Gordon Barr of Strathclyde's operational support division.

A family friend, Navy lieutenant Karl Harwood, also spoke.

The Boys' Brigade hymn Will Your Anchor Hold was played, and a poem called Afterglow was read.

It says: "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, "I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done, "I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, "Of happy memories that I leave when life is done."

Rod lived on the south side of Glasgow. Lothian and Borders Police are overseeing an investigation into the circumstances of his death.

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GRIEF Z For Rod's colleagues PARTED J Rod and Fiona. Above, order of service

MARK OF RESPECT J Police line up outside crematorium as hearse arrives
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