‘PHANTOM’ LEAVES CHARLEVILLE POLICE
OPINIONS differ on the origin of the name Phantom.
The man himself said he got it at the academy.
Others say he earned it in Charleville – “because he was never there”.
Gordon “Phantom” Reynolds was one of Charleville’s finest, a police officer with a rare record.
He served for an epic 13 years – from August 2, 2002 to August 21, 2015, through five inspectors of police.
He was a captain of the fire department, a butcher, a radio announcer, a bomb technician, a musician, a locksmith – and most infamously, police training co-ordinator.
If you’re a co-ordinator you don’t actually have to do the training. It’s something he was repeatedly reminded at his going away party on Saturday night.
Brad Holt had one of the best stories.
“He won best dressed bloke at Charleville races – with my shirt and tie,” he said.
“It took me six months to get that shirt back.
“He’s a (expletive) good bloke.”
Billy Rockett told about his career as a union representative.
“Turning up to a meeting, getting elected, a fully paid trip to Brisbane and that’s it,” he said.
It was a theme of the night.
About 60 people, police and otherwise, saw him off on Friday night at the bowls club. Now he’s off to work in Oxley – and live in Toowoomba.
“This is the journey I’ve taken,” Phantom said.
“This would probably be the biggest send off in a long while.”
His new job is as instructor at the police academy in the operational skills section.
“To do no more work than I’m already doing,” he said.
And the bottom line of his time in Charleville?
“I don’t have any bad memories.”
FAREWELL: Gordon ‘Phantom’ Reynolds is leaving Charleville for the big smoke.
Simon A’Court and Lauren Abbott.
Brad Holt and Peter McRae.