Po­lice re­mem­ber slain col­leagues

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DISTRICT SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Slain and fallen po­lice of­fi­cers were hon­oured at a re­mem­brance day ser­vice parade at the Alexan­dra po­lice sta­tion on Mon­day. About 18 po­lice of­fi­cers and staff from Alexan­dra, Cromwell, Ran­furly, Omakau and Roxburgh at­tended the ser­vice and paid their re­spects to of­fi­cers killed in the line of duty and ac­tive of­fi­cers who had died dur­ing the past year. A na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice was held at the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege in Porirua to mark the event and other ser­vices were held at sta­tions across the coun­try. Cen­tral Otago sub area com­man­der Se­nior Sergeant Ian Ker­risk said: ‘‘We be­lieve it’s prac­ti­cally im­port- ant to re­mem­ber our fallen.’’ Eighty-one serv­ing and for­mer staff mem­bers were re­mem­bered at this year’s na­tional ser­vice. Their names, and not just those from Cen­tral Otago, were read out dur­ing the Alexan­dra ser­vice as many Cen­tral Otago of­fi­cers had worked across New Zealand and knew those who had died, Mr Ker­risk said. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Peter Mor­ris Um­bers was among the names read. Mr Um­bers was killed on May 27, 1990, near Ran­furly af­ter stop­ping a rob­bery sus­pect. Iwi li­ai­son of­fi­cer Con­sta­ble Lance Davies, of Roxburgh, held a karakia for the ser­vice and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Garry Mil­ford, who is also a pas­tor, read the fi­nal prayer. The New Zealand flag was flown at half-mast.

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