Po­lice remember their fallen com­rades

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

West Pil­bara po­lice com­mem­o­rated of­fi­cers who had died or been in­jured in the line of duty at a re­gional cer­e­mony for Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day last Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cers from the Pil­bara dis­trict of­fice, Kar­ratha, Dampier, Roe­bourne, Pan­na­won­ica and the North West Water Po­lice gath­ered out­side the Kar­ratha Po­lice Sta­tion in the morn­ing to remember fallen col­leagues.

Se­nior Sergeant Kal Green­away and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sam Lim read the WA Po­lice hon­our roll and guests ob­served one minute’s si­lence, be­fore of­fi­cers rep­re­sent­ing the var­i­ous lo­cal sta­tions and com­mu­nity mem­bers laid wreaths in trib­ute at the Kar­ratha po­lice memo­rial.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said the sta­tion had ex­pe­ri­enced its share of of­fi­cers who had ex­pe­ri­enced hard­ship in the line of duty.

“We have had of­fi­cers who, as a re­sult of their duty, have lost their lives, but not ac­tu­ally in ex­e­cu­tion of their duty,” he said.

“So when we have re­mem­brance day, we also remember those who have been se­ri­ously in­jured or who have taken their lives as a re­sult of po­lice ser­vice.

“It’s a part of some of the stresses of the job. It af­fects peo­ple in dif­fer­ent ways.”

Sen. Sgt Stevens said sev­eral of­fi­cers from other Pil­bara sta­tions trav­elled to Kar­ratha for the cer­e­mony.

“It’s day of unity, when all of­fi­cers get to­gether,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara dis­trict po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Coombes, In­spec­tor Neville Dock­ery, Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Kelsie Green and Pil­bara Dis­trict In­spec­tor Louise Ball remember fallen of­fi­cers at a memo­rial at the Kar­ratha Po­lice Sta­tion.

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