Po­lice pay trib­ute to fallen

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara dis­trict In­spec­tor Brett Ran­ford pays trib­ute to the fallen.

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