Legendary darts referee Russ Bray says he has a unique appreciation of life thanks to his years as a traffic cop in London.
Bray is best known for his gravelly voice which has been the backdrop to some of the sport’s most memorable moments since he joined the PDC as an official more than 25 years ago.
But before then he worked as a traffic policeman for more than a decade and witnessed some horrifying scenes following road traffic accidents. Bray recalled some of his experiences during an interview with the Happy Hour Podcast.
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“The main thing you were dealing with was accidents. I was in there for 12 years as a traffic cop. In my time there, I dealt with about five fatals a year. That’s about 60 fatals,” he recalled.
He went on to describe some of his experiences of attending the aftermath of fatal incidents and explained how he dealt with what was, at times, a traumatic job.
“I’m talking about the most gruesome things ever here,” he said. “But it’s part of your job. I don’t dwell on it, I don’t dwell on anything.
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“If something happens, it happens. If it’s grief, you grieve it. You’ve got to push on. I’ve still got to live my life, I’ve still got to be happy. I had kids at home who didn’t want to see me moping around.
“In today’s world, everyone gets counselling. We didn’t. It was ‘hi mate, did you do that report?’.”
“You don’t forget it, but you do, if that makes sense. If you ask me the question, I can recall it but it’s not something I think about every day. It makes you realise life.
“You’ve got to be a different animal to be able to do it [a traffic policeman]. It’s not because I’ve got no compassion, because I have. It’s horrible [the things he’s seen] but you have to go on. You’re doing the job and you expect that type of thing in the job you’re doing.
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