Victoria Police members killed in the line of duty remembered
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.