Much-missed Calderdale detective is honoured by partner’s charity sky dive

Detective Constable Katy Butler doing the sky dive in memory of Detective Constable Matt Dunn
Detective Constable Katy Butler doing the sky dive in memory of Detective Constable Matt Dunn

THE partner of a much-missed Calderdale detective has taken to the skies to remember him on what would have been his 33rd birthday.

Detective Constable Matt Dunn, who was a well-respected and pupular member of Calderdale CID, died aged 31 in May 2010 after being hit by a car while on holiday in Lanzarote.

His partner, Detective Constable Katy Butler who is also a member of Calderdale CID, decided to carry out a dare-devil parachute jump in his memory to raise funds for the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.

She collected £3,000 for the charity by jumping 15,000 feet from the aircraft in Lincolshire. The money raised included a generous donation from Calderdale Sports and Social Club.

She said: “I loved every minute of it.

“It’s certainly something I will be doing again. I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me.”

Detective Constable Dunn was captain of Calderdale Police rugby team, which won the Chief Constable’s Cup in 2009, and a member of the Great Britain Police Rugby team.

He was also opening batsman for Ripponden Stones Cricket Club and a player for Siddal Rugby League Club.

The Chief Constable nine’s rugby league contest trophy was re-named last year as the Matt Dunn Memorial Trophy in the detective’s honour.