Adieu beloved cop
MOSSMAN Police are saying goodbye to their Officer-in-charge Sgt Ed Lukin after five years with the station.
Sgt Lukin is relocating with his family and starting his new position as Sen-sgt in charge of the Smithfield police station next Monday and said he will miss living in Mossman.
“The best thing about working in Mossman has been the sense of community here,” he said.
“My wife and I have taken full advantage of living in Mossman, we are always swimming at the gorge and are heavily involved in the community.
“We have property up this way and have ties to this area and it’s somewhere I’d like to eventually settle down and live, perhaps retirement.”
Sergeant Lukin has been in the police force for 24 years and has worked in various communities around Queensland before being transferred here in May 2007 from Coen.
“I’d like to thank the community, there’s been a real strong sense of support for the police and also thank the indigenous community, which has a strong support for police,” he said.
“I’ve made good friends with the indigenous community here and I’ve spent the last 12 years in indigenous communities including Thursday Island and Coen.”
The most unforgettable event in his career at Mossman was last year when he got the call from the emergency call switch about the Royal Hotel fire.
“Our crew were busy on another job and I was at home when I got a call telling me the Royal hotel was on fire,” Sgt Lukin said. “I told the Cairns communications I would be able to see it out on my veranda and will go have a look because in my 24 years on the job the most common fires were wheelie bin fires.
“I got the shock of my life when I walked out on the veranda and saw the Royal on fire, I only lived 50m away and was struck by how silent it was.
“Something so ferocious could be so close to my home and I didn’t know about it - the language I used on the phone was not the best and would’ve been recorded in Cairns, I was just in pure shock.”
The new position and rank will be a change for Sgt Lukin, who will be in a 24-hour station with around 26 staff.
“My job will be off the road, it’s more an office job and I’m looking forward to regu- larity in shifts and having the weekends off and spending more time with my family,” he said.
“Mossman is a really great place to work and quite challenging too and the position is open to any police officer in the state who is eligible for a Sergeant’s promotion to apply.
“I’d like to thank the Mossman team for their support, their hard work and their friendship over the years and I’m leaving Mossman in very capable hands.
“One thing about Mossman is we have such a variety of work our officers get exposed too, it’s such a great place to work because of that experience.”
Sgt Ed Lukin’s farewell will be this Saturday at the Mossman Bowls Club from 6pm, everyone welcome.
Ed Lukin with family Sonia, Joshua, Oliver and Isaac transferring to Smithfield