Brav­ery and com­mu­nity fo­cus

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THERE was a large at­ten­dance at the fu­neral of for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer Peter Bir­chall on Mon­day.

Well known through­out the Der­went Val­ley and Cen­tral High­lands, Mr Bir­chall died last week, aged 73.

A long-serv­ing po­lice­man at New Nor­folk and Both­well, his brav­ery was of­fi­cially recog­nised by Tas­ma­nia Po­lice af­ter he and wife Rhonda went to the aid of a fel­low of­fi­cer who had been shot on the Mid­land Highway.

Dur­ing the 2006 in­ci­dent, Mr Bir­chall ap­pre­hended the gun­man while Mrs Bir­chall gave as­sis­tance to the badly in­jured of­fi­cer. Mr Bir­chall re­tired in 2009.

Tributes pub­lished in the Mer­cury last week re­flected the cou­ple’s wide com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Both were made life mem­bers of the New Nor­folk Ju­nior Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and Mr Bir­chall was a for­mer mem­ber of the New Nor­folk Lions Club.

In 2002 he was in­stru­men­tal in the found­ing of the Both­well and Districts Lions Club, of which was made a life mem­ber at the end of last year.

Through his vol­un­tary work with the Lions Club, Mr Bir­chall was a fix­ture at com­mu­nity events across many decades, in­clud­ing the Bushy Park and Hamil­ton shows, Both­well Coun­try Races, Der­went Val­ley Au­tumn Fes­ti­val and the Cen­tral High­lands BushFest.

Mr Bir­chall passed away on Septem­ber 3 and is sur­vived by wife Rhonda and their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

His fu­neral ser­vice was held at St Matthew’s Angli­can Church in New Nor­folk on Mon­day, where do­na­tions to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion were ac­cepted in his mem­ory.

FAREWELLED: Long-serv­ing po­lice­man Peter Bir­chall.

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