Blue line

Fallen cops hon­oured

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Port and South Hed­land po­lice stood solemn with a crowd of com­mu­nity mem­bers last Friday in hon­our of Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day.

South Hed­land act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Andrew Rams­den opened the cer­e­mony at South Hed­land Po­lice Sta­tion and paid trib­ute to those who died in the line of duty while pro­tect­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

He said the Pil­bara Dis­trict had not been ex­empt from the tragedies, and re­called the names of fallen of­fi­cers from the dis­trict.

A pro­ces­sion of of­fi­cers were called on to of­fer sym­bols of WA Po­lice, which in­cluded a hel­met, hand­cuffs, a radio and a cap rep­re­sent­ing the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of front­line of­fi­cers.

Guests ob­served one minute’s si­lence, be­fore of­fi­cers rep­re­sent­ing both sta­tions and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives laid wreaths in trib­ute. To date, 81 of­fi­cers have paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice while per­form­ing their du­ties through­out WA, with seven of those be­ing from the Pil­bara.

Abo­rig­i­nal po­lice as­sis­tant “Joe” was the 80th ca­su­alty to be added to the hon­our roll in June 2010, af­ter it had been dis­cov­ered by a WA po­lice his­to­rian he died in 1911 while car­ry­ing out po­lice work. In 2001, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Don­ald Everett, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Phillip Ru­land, First Class Con­sta­ble David De­war and Con­sta­ble Gavin Capes were killed when their plane crashed near New­man.

Oth­ers on the roll from the Pil­bara dis­trict were Con­sta­ble Wil­liam Giffis, who was speared near Nickol Bay in 1868, Con­sta­ble John Ham­ley, who drowned off the coast of Roe­bourne in 1903, and Cor­po­ral Frank But­tle, who drowned near Balla Balla dur­ing a pris­oner es­cort in 1912.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Port Hed­land Se­nior Con­sta­ble Adam Clews, Port Hed­land Act­ing Sergeant Of­fi­cer-in-Charge War­ren Scott and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Steve Clarke.

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