At a memorial service on Friday, it was heard that slain Port Elizabeth policeman Dwane Kemp would be remembered as a patriot who died in the line of duty living his ultimate dream to serve and protect communities from evil.
The memorial service was held on Friday at NG Moeder Gemeente Church in North End. Kemp was shot dead this week while trying to foil an armed robbery.
The constable, 31, was remembered for having a captivating energy and confidence. Revered by his colleagues, he was always willing to help and Thursday would have marked his eighth year of service within the South African Police Force (SAPS).
Close friend and colleague Constable Darren Grebe said it was always Kemp’s dream to join the Flying Squad Unit.
Grebe said Kemp loved the chase and, at almost 2 meters tall with size 13 feet, he was always willing to kick down doors and go beyond.
“’I just want to come to the Flying Squad,’ he told me and finally it happened. The man wanted to feel the Flying Squad feeling and he loved it,” said Grebe .
Grebe said they had attended police college together and over the years they had become like brothers.
Kemp’s work partner of two years Constable Musa Hans said that Kemp embodied a “bravado” and while tall and intimidating, he was the most approachable.
Respected by his colleagues, he was remembered for his kind nature and corny jokes. Colleagues said that he had a gravitative personality and would be missed by