Adieu beloved cop

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Farewell:

Ed Lukin with fam­ily So­nia, Joshua, Oliver and Isaac trans­fer­ring to Smith­field

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