‘PHAN­TOM’ LEAVES CHARLEVILLE PO­LICE

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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.”

PHOTOS: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

FAREWELL: Gor­don ‘Phan­tom’ Reynolds is leav­ing Charleville for the big smoke.

Si­mon A’Court and Lau­ren Ab­bott.

Brad Holt and Peter McRae.

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