Police pay tribute to fallen
■ Those who have fallen in the line of police duty were remembered last week.
Pilbara police and dignitaries gathered outside stations across the region to mark Police Remembrance Day.
Representatives from water police, air wing, the Pannawonica, Dampier and Roebourne offices and emergency services units gathered in Karratha to join officers from the city, paying their respects to those who have lost their lives.
The Pilbara has a chequered history, with deaths in the line of duty stretching back to 1868 when a police officer was speared by a Yaburara man, sparking one of the darkest chapters in WA’s history, the Flying Foam Massacre.
On Australia Day in 2001 four Pilbara officers died in a plane crash in Newman, the worst accident in WA Police history.
Pilbara district Inspector Brett Ranford said it was important to recognise those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Recently we had one of our own officers die, albeit not on duty, but unexpectedly for a young man and it just brings to home the value of our family, friends, comrades and community,” he said.
“It’s always something we’re mindful of because we do get reminders every now and then when police are attending some of those very high risk situations they have to deal with.”
Senior Constable Kelsie Green said the day was always heartfelt for the police force. “It is something which is forever in the back of our minds while we’re working as there is always that risk there,” she said.
“Even though the last police off“It icers to die on duty were several years ago now, we’ve still got serving officers who have been at work that day and passed away that evening due to health reasons.
does bring it home that we’re all human.” Sen. Const. Green said Police Legacy was looking after nearly 390 widows and about 60 children.
Pilbara district Inspector Brett Ranford pays tribute to the fallen.