Aspiring police officer, 19, died after going to bed with migraine as mum pays tribute

The heartbroken family of an aspiring police officer who died after going to bed with a migraine has paid tribute to him.

Daniel Morgan, 19, passed away on January 30 after his headache turned out to be a severe bleed on the brain.

The young man was described by his mum as a person who “wanted to make a difference” in the community.

Lisa Howard, from Cradley Heath, West Midlands, said her son Daniel had dreamed of becoming a police officer since he was a child.

She said he would dress up in a police uniform and go to school in it, Birmingham Live reports.

The mum explained: “Daniel always wanted to be a police officer, even as a kid he would dress up in a police uniform and go to school in it. He was obsessed with the idea of police cars.

“Officers would wave and put their lights on for him and be so welcoming when he was a child. They also visited his primary school.”

Lisa said emergency services did everything they could to try and save Daniel, but sadly it was too late and he was pronounced dead.

The aspiring police officer donated his organs after his death – and so far, he has saved at least five people.

His proud mum said: “Losing Daniel happened so fast, the paramedics, doctors and nurses all did everything they could but it was already too late. There was no saving Daniel, but Daniel did save others. He donated his organs and has since saved five people who we know about.

“If Dan had still been on this planet he would definitely have made a difference for the good of his community.”

Daniel’s parents joined volunteers from the West Midlands Police Guard of Honour as they proudly transported his ashes on July 2 to the final service in his memory.

A police car paused outside Daniel’s school, Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, as his teachers lined the street to pay their respects.

Officers flashed on blues for Daniel before heading to Powke Lane Cemetary in Rowley Regis Crematorium where his family scattered his ashes in the garden of remembrance at his grandad Ronald Howard’s plot with his aunt Tracey, who died a few years back after a short illness with cancer.

Sgt Ben Westwood, head of the force’s Honour Guard, said: “We were very moved at being able to play a small part of Daniel’s final journey and we are happy to see he did so in style.

“It was an immense privilege to have given Daniel a ride in a police vehicle he very sadly will never get to do himself.

“Speaking to his mum and aunt, Daniel sounded the very best of men, it is wholly unfortunate that he never got to fulfil his dream. May he rest in peace.”

Although Covid meant Daniel’s funeral was delayed, it allowed his family time to grieve and come to terms with their loss.

They were keen to wait for restrictions to lift so more people could attend and pay their respects and give Daniel the send-off he deserved.

His mum added: “He never lost his temper and hated it when people argued. If any of his friends got into trouble, he was always in the middle, he always managed to talk people round – he was like a ref.

“He made everyone connected, we all just wanted to be around Dan. He was not only my son, but my best friend.”

Daniel is survived by his mum Lisa, twin sister Allanah, stepdad Ben Henus and father Garwyn Morgan.