Of­fi­cers ride to hon­our fallen

Bal­lina sergeant on fifth Wall to Wall

The Northern Star - - NEWS - LIANA TURNER Liana.Turner@north­ern­star.com.au

PO­LICE from across the coun­try have gath­ered in a mass of mo­tor­cy­cles to re­mem­ber their fallen col­leagues.

It’s the fifth time Bal­linabased Sergeant Col Brealey has taken part in the Wall to Wall Re­mem­brance Ride.

He took off on the ride along with col­leagues from across dif­fer­ent po­lice districts on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Groups like them were set to con­verge on Can­berra on Satur­day.

“The Wall to Wall ride is a spe­cial way in which we choose to pay our re­spects and hon­our those of­fi­cers who have gone be­fore us, and made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice,” Sgt Brealey said

Sgt Brealey said more than 2000 bikes from across all ju­ris­dic­tions in Aus­tralia would meet at the National Po­lice Me­mo­rial in Can­berra on Satur­day.

“This is a very mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved, es­pe­cially those who’ve lost mates or fam­ily mem­bers,” he said.

“Hon­our­ing them in this way shows their sac­ri­fice will never be for­got­ten.

“It shows their fam­i­lies we will al­ways be here for them.”

It’s also a chance to all in­volved to raise much-needed funds for Po­lice Le­gacy, he said.

“Over the last nine years, the ride has raised al­most $1 mil­lion for Po­lice Le­gacy,” Sgt Brealey said.

“Sup­port for fam­i­lies from Po­lice Le­gacy is vi­tal af­ter los­ing a fam­ily mem­ber.

“The Po­lice Force is one big fam­ily, and the loss of one of our mem­bers is felt by ev­ery one of us.

“But for those fam­i­lies go­ing through the or­deal, the loss is ob­vi­ously much greater.”

He said Po­lice Le­gacy was a vi­tal source of emo­tional sup­port and a “life­time net­work” so fam­ily mem­bers of fallen of­fi­cers would “feel they re­main part of the po­lice fam­ily”.

“NSW Po­lice Le­gacy pro­vides over $320,000 in ed­u­ca­tion grants to Po­lice Le­ga­tee chil­dren rang­ing in age from preschool stu­dents to fi­nal year ter­tiary stu­dents,” he said.

A num­ber of other of­fi­cers from the Rich­mond and Tweed By­ron Po­lice Districts were in­volved in the ride.

Sgt Brealey said the ride was a great op­por­tu­nity for po­lice to show their unity.

“Polic­ing can be a very tough pro­fes­sion, and it takes its toll on all of us, and also our fam­i­lies,” he said.

“For the num­bers in­volved in this event to be in­creas­ing each and ev­ery year, it shows that peo­ple are com­ing to­gether and not only sup­port­ing a great cause, but each other.”

Sgt Brealey thanked the East Bal­lina Lions Club for pro­vid­ing break­fast on Thurs­day morn­ing, along with Dou­ble or Noth­ing Cof­fee Roast­ers and Kerb­side Cof­fee.

COM­RADES: Po­lice gath­ered in Bal­lina on Thurs­day morn­ing as part of the Wall to Wall Re­mem­brance Ride.

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