Po­lice stop to re­mem­ber their fallen col­leagues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

PO­LICE of­fi­cers from around the Dou­glas shire gath­ered at St Mary’s By the Sea to com­mem­o­rate Na­tional Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day.

Of­fi­cers from as far as the North­ern Ter­ri­tory even paid trib­ute to fallen col­leagues in Port Dou­glas last Fri­day.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sarah Tu­lacz from Moss­man Po­lice sta­tion said Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day is the most im­por­tant day in their cal­en­dar.

“It’s the one day of the year we all get to­gether and we mourn and grieve the loss of our col­leagues and friends,” she said.

“We get to­gether and sup­port each other. Unity and strength is what we’re, the po­lice force, is all about, es­pe­cially in times of tragedy.

“We spend time with our friends and fam­i­lies and take time to be thank­ful for what we’ve got.”

This year a his­tor­i­cal re­view of po­lice records re­sulted in two names be­ing added to the QPS Hon­our Roll, one be­ing Con­sta­ble De­nis Ryan who drowned at sea off Port Dou­glas on April 22, 1881, when washed over­board in rough seas as he es­corted po­lice horses off a ves­sel into the area.

This year marked 110 years since Con­sta­ble Pa­trick Ryan drowned in a ship­wreck near Cook­town.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Po­lice of­fi­cers from Moss­man and Port Dou­glas com­mem­o­rate Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day 2018.

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