Trib­ute to fallen of­fi­cer

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

“HE was fine, he was happy, we waved and he said ‘Bye mum, I love you’, and that was the last thing he ever said to me.”

It has been 20 years since Con­sta­ble Peter Ball was killed while ar­rest­ing a sus­pected car thief in Can­ning­ton, but the pain still lingers for his mother.

A pass­ing ve­hi­cle struck the Gos­nells po­lice of­fi­cer as he re­strained one of the sus­pects and he died dur­ing surgery in the early hours of August 7, 1998.

Les­ley York still re­mem­bers her son’s last visit on the day he died, re­ceiv­ing the news he’d been in an ac­ci­dent and be­ing at the hos­pi­tal when he passed away.

“He was on the af­ter­noon shift and he came at lunch with his daugh­ter,” she said.

“I used to look af­ter her un­til his wife fin­ished work when he was on an af­ter­noon shift. He brought her here, he had lunch and then off he went and that was the last time I saw him.”

Time may have passed, but Mrs York said her son’s death would stay with her for­ever.

“It doesn’t go away; never,” she said.

“You learn to live with it be­cause you have to, you get on with your life be­cause that’s what we have to do, but this time of the year is a hard time. He was my first born and I’ll miss him un­til the day I die.”

Mrs York said her son was pas­sion­ate about his job and had a car­ing soul.

“I met an old Abo­rig­i­nal lady not long af­ter Peter was killed and she said, ‘He was a good man. He brought my grand­son home one day, he was in trou­ble and he just brought him home’,” she said.

“That’s the kind of guy he was, he took the kid home in­stead of charg­ing him.”

A re­mem­brance ser­vice was held at Gos­nells Po­lice Sta­tion last week to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of Const Ball’s death.

His widow Tracey and his 21-year-old daugh­ter Bri­anna, who was only 18 months old when he died, were among the at­ten­dees.

Con­sta­ble Peter Ball

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