Phil’s mates take up fight
Police set up fundraising night to help Detective Sergeant battling rare cancer
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.