Chin­chilla memo­rial project pays trib­ute to lost col­leagues

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

PO­LICE have gath­ered to re­mem­ber the fallen at a new memo­rial at the Chin­chilla sta­tion.

About nine years in the mak­ing, Chin­chilla of­fi­cer-in-charge An­drew Irvine ex­plained when the idea was first brought up, a piece of pet­ri­fied wood was ac­quired and “put in the ground”, but due to heavy work­loads the project was never com­pleted.

In the past few months the of­fi­cers, par­tic­u­larly Ross Olsen and the sta­tion’s ad­min of­fi­cer Lyn Wun­sch, de­cided it was about time it was fin­ished.

“Lyn put an ap­pli­ca­tion to­gether through the po­lice union to get some fund­ing,” Sgt Irvine said.

“The Queens­land Po­lice Union of Em­ploy­ees, the ex­ec­u­tive kindly agreed to do­nate a sub­stan­tial amount of money to fund our memo­rial, and Lyn did a fan­tas­tic job in or­gan­is­ing it.”

The sta­tion held an of­fi­cial open­ing ser­vice on July 31 which was at­tended by high-rank­ing of­fi­cers in­clud­ing the as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of the south­ern re­gion.

“Most im­por­tantly there was the fam­i­lies, friends, and work col­leagues of three of­fi­cers that have a lo­cal con­nec­tion to here that we are com­mem­o­rat­ing by way of plaques on the pet­ri­fied wood,” Sgt Irvine said.

The of­fi­cers named on the plaques are Norm Watt, Perry Ir­win, and Brett Forte.

For Sgt Irvine, to have the memo­rial is an hon­our.

“It’s a priv­i­lege to have it here ... and the fam­i­lies of those of­fi­cers in par­tic­u­lar, and any po­lice that want to come out here, or for­mer work col­leagues of the of­fi­cers, or any po­lice that would like to visit here are more than wel­come.”


HON­OUR­ING THEIR SER­VICE: Chin­chilla Po­lice Sta­tion Of­fi­cer-in-Charge Sergeant An­drew Irvine with the sta­tion's new memo­rial.

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