The policeman who gave his life trying to rescue a villager trapped in floodwaters near the border two weeks ago was buried at Gallant Garden - Hong Kong's official cemetery for heroes - yesterday with full police honours. Hundreds came to pay their respects to Leung Bo-ming, 47, the senior inspector who was washed away in a torrent on May 5 in Li Ma Hang, Ta Kwu Ling. The ceremony was attended by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, Secretary for Security Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui, who commended Leung for his courage and dedication. A religious ceremony was held at the Universal Funeral Parlour in Hunghom at 9.30am, followed by a police force ceremony at 10.30am. After the service, the funeral procession made its way to Gallant Garden in Wo Hop Shek, where the officer was laid to rest. At the time of the accident, Leung had finished his shift but decided to stay on and investigate a report of a person trapped in the floodwaters in Li Ma Hang Road. Leung and an accompanying officer, Constable Fung Yap-wing, 27, spotted the villager in the water near a pumping station and waded into the storm waters in an attempt to reach him. Leung was swept away by the torrent, while Constable Fung managed to save himself by clinging to a tree. Leung, who was single, joined the force in 1980 and was promoted to the rank of senior inspector last year. His brother is a senior superintendent. The Secretary for the Civil Service, Joseph Wong Wing-ping, said at the time of the tragedy that the officer had sacrificed himself gallantly to save others. Leung was therefore buried at Gallant Garden, in accordance with government policy and with his family's approval.