Phil’s mates take up fight

Po­lice set up fundrais­ing night to help De­tec­tive Sergeant bat­tling rare can­cer

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

ST MARYs po­lice have ral­lied be­hind work­mate De­tec­tive Sergeant Phil Buchardt, who has been di­ag­nosed with an ad­vanced and ag­gres­sive throat can­cer.

His col­league, De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Dave Kervin, helped or­gan­ise a fundrais­ing night and has set up an on­line do­na­tions page with the help of NSW Po­lice Legacy and col­leagues.

“Phil’s di­ag­no­sis was a shock to all of us in the St Marys de­tec­tives of­fice,” Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kervin said. “We wanted to do as much as we could to as­sist the fam­ily.

“The char­ity night was a huge suc­cess, with over 300 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

“We were over­whelmed with the re­sponse of both the po­lice fam­ily and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for their do­na­tions and sup­port.”

Det Sgt Buchardt joined NSW Po­lice in 1982 and per­formed gen­eral du­ties at Bal­main for the first three years be­fore mov­ing into crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He later served as a de­tec­tive in An­nan­dale, Cas­tle Hill, Par­ra­matta and Bankstown be­fore be­ing pro­moted to de­tec­tive sergeant in 1997 and com­menced his cur­rent role as the in­ves­ti­ga­tions man­ager at St Marys Lo­cal Area Com­mand in 2003.

Sgt Buchardt was re­cently awarded the Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Medal in ad­di­tion to pre­vi­ous NSW Po­lice Ser­vice Medals.

His part­ner, Carol Jack, is also a serv­ing mem­ber at St Marys LAC. They have a daugh­ter, Shelby, 6.

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