A SCARBOROUGH police officer who lost his sight while on duty almost 20 years ago has spoken how he tried to help PC David Rathband shortly after he was blinded by rampaging gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.
Ken Moss also suffered severe head and facial injuries and a broken leg in November 1992 after following a suspected stolen car which collided with a lorry near Malton.
Speaking to the Evening News following the death this week of PC Rathband he said it was sad news. He said: “I was surprised when I heard. I know he’s had a lot of troubles shall we say, it is in the public domain.
“It’s one of those things. I accepted it more than my family did. I just got on with life. I could have died that day – I was only given a five per cent chance of survival.”
He said he had spoken to PC Rathband on the telephone for more than an hour following events two years ago and later left several messages which were never returned. “He didn’t accept it and he didn’t want to be told what to do,” he said.
Mr Moss, who lives in Hovingham Drive, said he underwent extensive rehabilitation to cope with his sudden change in circumstances but ultimately it was down to the individual to move on with their life.
He said: “I talked about it a lot – that was classed as self-counselling – for 12 years after the accident. My wife was warned that I would suffer a very deep depression but I’m still waiting for that more than 19 years later.
“You can’t sit back and mope about it. You have got to pull your finger out and get on with it.”
He added that there were lots of helpful gadgets which had eased his situation including talking microwaves, talking bathroom scales and even a device which could tell him the colour of the clothes he was planning to wear. He said: “There’s nothing to stop you doing anything. A lot of it is up to the individual. I had a lot of help from the police federation.”
Mr Moss managed to get back behind the wheel on open land just six weeks after his accident, with a friend telling him which way to steer, and made a number of world speed record attempts.