Police remember their fallen comrades
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.
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.