‘ Supermum’ a hero to daughter
ACT I NG S e r g e a n t S h a r o n Thorburn is a real-life supermum – fighting crime by day and studying for a masters degree by night, while being a mother of five.
That is why her daughter Sarah, 23, has nominated her for the Townsville Bulletin North Queensland Police Officer of the Year Award.
Sarah said she was amazed by how her mother juggled her commitment to helping the community while caring for her family at the same time.
‘‘ I remember sitting there one night and a young boy came in who had been beaten black and blue and she was there making him feel loved and cared for, taking his mind off it all,’’ Sarah said.
But Sgt Thorburn yesterday said her passion was helping t h o s e wi t h ment a l h e a l t h issues, which she now has a taste for while filling in as a mental health co-ordinator and domestic violence liaison officer. She is also completing a masters d e g r e e i n mental health.
Sgt Thorburn said she had always wanted to be a police officer, but now wanted to focus on the relationship between mental health and crime.
‘‘ A lot of our incidents in crime and even domestic violence are related somehow to mental health issues and I just see it as a major cause of problems,’’ she said.
This year’s NQ Police Officer of the Year will receive a family holiday valued at $ 4000 and a watch from Loloma Jewellers. The winning officer’s station will receive a coffee machine, while the person who nominated the officer will win an iPod.
Nominations can be made before April 2 by logging on to www. townsvillebulletin. com. au.