Police stop to remember their fallen colleagues
POLICE officers from around the Douglas shire gathered at St Mary’s By the Sea to commemorate National Police Remembrance Day.
Officers from as far as the Northern Territory even paid tribute to fallen colleagues in Port Douglas last Friday.
Senior Constable Sarah Tulacz from Mossman Police station said Police Remembrance Day is the most important day in their calendar.
“It’s the one day of the year we all get together and we mourn and grieve the loss of our colleagues and friends,” she said.
“We get together and support each other. Unity and strength is what we’re, the police force, is all about, especially in times of tragedy.
“We spend time with our friends and families and take time to be thankful for what we’ve got.”
This year a historical review of police records resulted in two names being added to the QPS Honour Roll, one being Constable Denis Ryan who drowned at sea off Port Douglas on April 22, 1881, when washed overboard in rough seas as he escorted police horses off a vessel into the area.
This year marked 110 years since Constable Patrick Ryan drowned in a shipwreck near Cooktown.
Police officers from Mossman and Port Douglas commemorate Police Remembrance Day 2018.