Vic­to­ria Po­lice mem­bers killed in the line of duty re­mem­bered

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PO­LICE of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty were re­mem­bered as part of the Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day me­mo­rial ser­vice on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Se­nior Sergeant Clay­ton Munro at Sey­mour some 25 of­fi­cers from across the rgion at­tended, in­clud­ing sev­eral from Euroa and Nagambie.

Guest speaker a the short ser­vice was Dis­trict Chap­lain Ken Agnew.

Fri­day also marked 100 years that women have been in polic­ing roles in Vic­to­ria and pro­vided a time to recog­nise the ded­i­ca­tion, sacri­fice and dan­ger that all our po­lice of­fi­cers face ev­ery day while pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity.

Act­ing Premier Jac­inta Al­lan and Min­is­ter for Po­lice Lisa Neville joined hun­dreds of se­nior mem­bers of Vic­to­ria Po­lice on Fri­day to re­flect and hon­our the ser­vice of of­fi­cers who have given their lives for the Vic­to­rian com­mu­nity.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of Vic­to­ria Po­lice in 1853, 159 po­lice of­fi­cers have been killed in the line of duty in­clud­ing 30 who have been mur­dered.

In 2017, Vic­to­ria Po­lice has more than 4000 women serv­ing as po­lice of­fi­cers, and many more pub­lic ser­vants, Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Of­fi­cers and Po­lice Cus­tody Of­fi­cers.

This year’s re­mem­brance ser­vices recog­nised four women who made the ul­ti­mate sacri­fice but trag­i­cally lost their lives in the line of duty.

Clare Frances Bourke was the first woman to be killed on duty on March 16, 1983.

She was per­form­ing watch-house du­ties in the Sun­shine Po­lice Sta­tion.

Con­sta­ble An­gela Tay­lor died on April 20, 1986, af­ter suf­fer­ing ex­ten­sive burns dur­ing the Rus­sell Street bomb­ing.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Fiona Frances Robin­son was killed in­stantly in a car ac­ci­dent while re­spond­ing to an emer­gency call in North­cote on May 20, 2000.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ann Brim­ble­combe died on Au­gust 16, 2006, af­ter her ve­hi­cle ran off the Omeo High­way and hit a tree near Eskdale while she was driv­ing to Wan­garatta to give a lec­ture.

Blue Rib­bon Day co­in­cided with Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day.

It was es­tab­lished by the Blue Rib­bon Foun­da­tion which raises money for im­proved emer­gency fa­cil­i­ties in Vic­to­ria’s pub­lic hos­pi­tals.

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