Support grows within police ranks for recognition of duo in Tsim Sha Tsui shoot-out The police force is considering recommending an award for bravery be granted posthumously to constable Tsang Kwok-hang, who died of his wounds after gunning down a suspect in the bloody shoot-out in a Tsim Sha Tsui underpass last month. Officially, the force has said it was not yet decided whether Tsang would be recommended for a bravery award, but it has become widely expected within police ranks that he would receive a posthumous medal. Some even believed his actions should be recognised with the top Medal for Bravery (Gold). They felt the honour matched the heroics of Tsang who, despite being shot in the head, still managed to return fire and killed suspect Tsui Po-ko, who has been linked to at least two other firearms-related murders. The chairman of the Junior Police Officers' Association, Lau Kam-wah, said he hoped the process could be concluded as quickly as possible so that Tsang's family would be able to receive the bravery medal at a ceremony on July 1. He also said the late officer's patrol partner and the sole survivor of the shoot-out, Constable Sin Ka-keung, should not be neglected when consideration is given to bravery awards over the shoot-out. 'They're partners after all,' he said. Constable Sin, who is recovering after being shot in the face and left leg during the incident, was taken in a wheelchair to the funeral parlour where his late partner was honoured by family and fellow officers yesterday. He met Tsang's family before the ceremony began and spent a few minutes alone in the area of the parlour where Tsang's body was kept. Those who attended the funeral said the slain constable was dressed in his police uniform in his coffin. Tsang was described as 'a hero in the public's eye' by Inspector Cheung Leung-yuk, who delivered the eulogy at yesterday's memorial service. 'Tsang Kwok-hang joined the police force in 1991 and served the Hong Kong public dedicatedly for more than 14 years,' Inspector Cheung said. 'During that time he was commended by his superiors in writing more than 20 times. 'Tsang Kwok-hang had deep experience in criminal investigations and operations, valued justice and was outstanding at work. He really was a special talent in the Hong Kong Police Force and left a deep impression. 'We're very saddened by the death of Hang Jai. To his family and loved ones, they lost someone they loved dearly. 'To the police, it lost an elite officer who was dedicated to his job and in serving the public. 'He was a good example for us and was a hero in the eyes of the public.'