To the wall in memory of mentor
65 65 66 66 67 67 68 69 70 72 73 75 76 82 SENIOR Constable Mick Klose was only three years into his police career when his mentor was tragically killed.
He was just a young officer at Para Hills on the day Senior Constable David Thomas Barr died in the line of duty.
Snr Const Barr was stabbed in the heart during a violent struggle to disarm a man with a knife at Salisbury Interchange more than 28 years ago.
“David was the senior constable in my team, he was pivotal in my career,” Snr Const Klose, 51, told the Sunday Mail.
“I was only in the job for about three years at that stage so it was a hard-hitting reminder not all days are good days in our job.”
Snr Const Barr made the ultimate sacrifice on July 26, 1990, after he and partner First Class Constable Jamie Lewcock responded to a report of an armed man threatening a woman on Gawler St.
When Snr Const Barr finally came face-to-face with Lindsay Allan Fry on that cold Thursday morning, he showed no hesitation despite the shiny blade being waved through the air.
As both men wrestled in front of horrified commuters, the knife pierced Snr Const Barr through the heart and he dropped to the ground. Fry ran but was chased down by Const Lewcock, unaware his boss had been seriously injured. Snr Const Barr, 31, died at Lyell McEwin Hospital two hours later, leaving behind a wife and two small daughters. Both officers were awarded the Australian Bravery Medal.
Fry was later jailed for life with a non-parole period of 30 years and died in Yatala Prison in 2009. The brutal killing sent shockwaves through the police community.
On Tuesday, Snr Const Klose will saddle up his motorbike for a 1700km journey to Australia’s capital to honour officers who have died on the job.
About 85 motorcyclists will leave the SA Police Academy in Taperoo for the ninth annual ride, which also highlights motorcycle safety and awareness.
“This is a national event and the whole ride is about remembering mates who have fallen,” he said. “If a police officer has died (in the line of duty) a scroll is put inside a baton. We take the baton to the national Police Memorial Wall and have a small ceremony. David pops into my mind, especially when we get to the wall.” The SA contingent has raised about $7000 for the state’s Police Legacy, which provides ongoing support for the families of those officers killed on duty or who have subsequently died. The group expects to inject about $75,000 into rural communities as it travels through NSW to Canberra.
TRIBUTE: SA Police Legacy president Sergeant Mark Willing with Wall to Wall rider Senior Constable Michael Klose at the SAPOL memorial wall. Inset: Senior Constable David Thomas Barr. Picture: BIANCA DE MARCHI