Bravery and community focus
THERE was a large attendance at the funeral of former police officer Peter Birchall on Monday.
Well known throughout the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands, Mr Birchall died last week, aged 73.
A long-serving policeman at New Norfolk and Bothwell, his bravery was officially recognised by Tasmania Police after he and wife Rhonda went to the aid of a fellow officer who had been shot on the Midland Highway.
During the 2006 incident, Mr Birchall apprehended the gunman while Mrs Birchall gave assistance to the badly injured officer. Mr Birchall retired in 2009.
Tributes published in the Mercury last week reflected the couple’s wide community involvement.
Both were made life members of the New Norfolk Junior Football Association and Mr Birchall was a former member of the New Norfolk Lions Club.
In 2002 he was instrumental in the founding of the Bothwell and Districts Lions Club, of which was made a life member at the end of last year.
Through his voluntary work with the Lions Club, Mr Birchall was a fixture at community events across many decades, including the Bushy Park and Hamilton shows, Bothwell Country Races, Derwent Valley Autumn Festival and the Central Highlands BushFest.
Mr Birchall passed away on September 3 and is survived by wife Rhonda and their children and grandchildren.
His funeral service was held at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in New Norfolk on Monday, where donations to the Leukaemia Foundation were accepted in his memory.
FAREWELLED: Long-serving policeman Peter Birchall.