Hon­our­ing our he­roes

Wreath for fallen of­fi­cer

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A fallen Hawke’s Bay po­lice­man has been re­mem­bered at a spe­cial ser­vice to mark Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day.

As part of Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day, a spe­cial wreath was laid at Taka­pau Ceme­tery on Sat­ur­day to re­mem­ber Se­nior Con­sta­ble Len Snee, who died in the line of duty in 2009.

Snee was shot and killed on May 9, 2009 after try­ing to ex­e­cute a search war­rant at an ad­dress on Chaucer Rd in Napier — in events later known as the Napier Siege.

“Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day is a chance to re­flect and hon­our those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice of giv­ing their lives to pro­tect their fel­low New Zealan­ders,” Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Chris Cahill said.

“It is a re­minder of the dan­gers all po­lice of­fi­cers face on a daily ba­sis, but a dan­ger they are will­ing to con­front for the safety of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“It is a sober­ing oc­ca­sion for the fam­i­lies and friends of the dead, and cur­rent of­fi­cers and po­lice em­ploy­ees who at­tend, and it is ex­tremely im­por­tant that they all feel sup­ported.”

Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day falls on Septem­ber 29, the feast day of the Ar­changel Michael, Pa­tron Saint of Po­lice.

This year it was ob­served on Fri­day, Septem­ber 28 with a ser­vice at the Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege and in services across the coun­try.

The roll of hon­our list­ing po­lice slain while on duty now com­prises 32 po­lice of­fi­cers killed by a crim­i­nal act since records be­gan in 1886.

Neen Kennedy places a wreath at Taka­pau Ceme­tery on Po­lice Re­mem­brance Day for Len Snee, a po­lice­man who was killed in the Napier Siege in 2009. With her are Ju­dith Hen­wood and Kris Tay­lor.

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