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Police tribute

Saturday, 29th September, 2018

Superintendent Paul Smith giving his address at yesterday’s Police Remembrance Service. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Superintendent Paul Smith giving his address at yesterday’s Police Remembrance Service. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Local police and community members recognised the late Reg Pinkington who served in the city until his retirement.

National Police Remembrance Day was held at St Peter’s Anglican Church yesterday for local police and community members.

During Superintendent Paul Smith’s address he spoke of Reg who served in the city from 1960 to 1980 until he retired.

Superintendent Smith also remembered a fallen colleague who was laid to rest 126 years ago; Mounted Trooper Constable Cyrus William Liddy, who was in charge of the Euriowie Police Station, a once-thriving mining town 60km north of Broken Hill on the Tibooburra Road.

Remembrance Day is observed on the Feast of St Michael, September 29 each year. St Michael is the patron saint of police officers.

The day is often described as a solemn time of reflection, but also a celebration of the lives of the officers who have passed away.

Since the inception of the NSW Police Force in 1862, 279 members of the NSW Police Force have died in the line of duty and through injury and illness.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said, during the state service at the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance in The Domain, that the community should never take the contribution of our police for granted.

“Every day, our police attend to violent incidents and calls for assistance, not knowing what they are walking into but ready to do their job and protect the community. I am thankful that no officers lost their lives while on duty this year.

“I proudly stand with the entire police family to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of community safety and say to their families, we will never forget them.”

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