A community centre named in honour of murdered police officer Fiona Bone will be officially opened in the autumn.
And ahead of the second anniversary of the former Castle Rushen High School sixth former’s death, her sister Vicky has revealed how her sister took 22 bullets to her body armour and saw fellow PC Nicola Hughes fatally shot in front of her.
Fiona, whose parents Paul and June live in Port St Mary, was killed reaching for her stun gun as fugitive Dale Cregan fired from the front door of a Tameside house almost two years ago.
Vicky, 37, who lives in Leeds, said: ‘Fiona had taken 22 bullets to her body armour – she could have run but I know she would never have left Nicola.
‘She kept a cool head, she would have seen Nicola go down and known exactly who Cregan was. It was just him and her but she stood strong and kept going right until the end, she was amazing.
‘I am very proud of her - there’s a part of you that wishes she had run but I know she never would have.
‘A major source of comfort for us after she died was letters from prisoners saying they thought Cregan had crossed the line and that we were in their thoughts. When I saw him in court I just thought, “what a little man” – he was nothing without his guns.
‘You can spend all the energy on hating but nothing compares to the love we have for Fiona. I always remember her with a smile.’
Fiona’s legacy of caring will live on with a £7.8m community centre and sheltered housing complex in Sale, Greater Manchester.
Fiona Gardens, built by Trafford Housing Trust, provides accommodation for those over 55 with care needs and disabled adults of any age. It will be officially opened on October 4.
A huge wooden seat in the building’s courtyard features sculpted characters from the Harry Potter books, which were a firm favourite of Fiona’s.
Vicky said: ‘Fiona was most passionate about working with the elderly and young people, it was the human side of policing that she really enjoyed. It was the vulnerable that Fiona was there to protect and to have this named after her is an honour and a privilege. She would have absolutely loved it.’
Dale Cregan was jailed for life at Preston Crown Court in June last year for the murders of the two unarmed policewomen in a gun and grenade attack and of father and son David and Mark Short in twin attacks earlier in 2012.