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Service remembers fallen officers

Thursday, 30th September, 2010

A number of police officers and community members filled out the church yesterday. A number of police officers and community members filled out the church yesterday.

Tribute was paid yesterday to police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty at the local Remembrance Day Service.

The Police Remembrance Day is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been cut short while performing their duty as a police officer. It is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

The police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice were honoured at St Peter’s Anglican Church yesterday. The service was one of many that were held around Australasia. Since 1862, 250 NSW police officers have died in the line of duty. 

As a mark of respect to those officers who lost their lives protecting our community, police across the state wore blue and white chequered ribbons and a minute’s silence was observed.

Father Ian Clark conducted the local service. He told the attending officers that the work they do was very important for the community and its safety.
“We are here to remember those who died in the line of duty in the last year ... and to remember how dangerous the job is,” Father Clark said. 

Acting Superintendent Chris Taylor said the service was to remember the police officers, the way they lost their lives and also the way they lived their lives. “They put themselves between good and evil knowing they could pay the ultimate personal price,” Acting Superintendent Taylor said.

He said it took a special calibre to be a police officer, which deserves undying respect from the community. After the service Inspector Emma Donnelly, a local duty officer, said the day was always a sad one.

She said it left some feeling sombre as it could affect officers personally. “You can know people who have died ... it is a sad day, but a day to join together as police,” Inspector Donnelly said. 

“There was a great turnout ... we managed to fill the church, it is great to see support from the community today,” she said. Inspector Donnelly thanked everyone who attended.

“It shows us that people do support us ... it is refreshing to see as the job is quite hard and you don’t see it (community support) a lot,” she said. 

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