The family and friends of a much-loved and respected former Bushey and Radlett police sergeant who died following a valiant battle with cancer have paid tribute to her.
Sergeant Leah McDermott, age 46, passed away in late June, leaving behind her husband, Karl and their 11-year-old twins, Chloe and Abbie.
Leah was always passionate about the police from a young age because her father was a police inspector in Hertford.
During her 18-year career with the police, Leah worked in Stevenage as a custody officer and a Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant in Bushey and Radlett.
Most recently, she was the Safer Neighbourhood sergeant for Borehamwood and Elstree.
She first met her husband Karl, a former Hertfordshire police officer, in 2002 when he worked with her at St Albans police station. They married in 2005 and their twin daughters were born in 2009.
Karl described Leah as his “best friend, wife, the best mother and my everything.”
Inspector Vicki Richards, Leah’s former manager and close friend, said: “Leah was an extraordinary person and an outstanding police officer who I have been honoured to work with. This wasn’t just her job, it was who she was.”