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The author Tony Horne, ghost-writer of the officer's book Tango 190, called for Rathband's Law - legislation to ensure 999 personnel get the help they need if they are injured by a criminal act at work.
Attending the memorial service, Chief Constable Sue Sim said of Pc Rathband: "He was gunned down in tragic circumstances doing the job of constable he loved.
"My heart goes out to Kath and the children and the rest of the family."
Darren Rathband, the twin brother of blinded Pc David Rathband, paid an emotional tribute to him at a cathedral service in Newcastle.
Among the mourners at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle, were Policing Minister Nick Herbert, actor Tim Healy and Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim.
The officer's children Mia, 13, and Ashley, 19, were seated at the front of the historic church.
Hundreds of people have gathered to honour the life of blinded Pc David Rathband at a service at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle.
It is being conducted by the Dean of Newcastle, the Very Reverend Chris Dalliston, who tells ITV he hopes the service will help heal those hurt by the tragedy.
David Rathband's twin brother has said he considered leaving Northumbria Police and living in a specially-built home next to him in Asutralia.
Darren Rathband is arranging the celebratory service at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle.
The widow of blinded PC David Rathband will not attend a cathedral service organised by his twin brother.
PC Rathband was found hanged in his home last week.
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A memorial service to commemorate the life of PC David Rathband, the police officer blinded by Raoul Moat, has been held in Newcastle.