To the wall in mem­ory of men­tor

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - BEN HARVY PO­LICE RE­PORTER

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

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