HONOURING OUR FALLEN POLICE OFFICERS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today urged the local community to spend a moment to remember our fallen police who have lost their lives while working to protect the community.
Today (Thursday, 29 September) is National Police Remembrance Day. It commemorates the 254 NSW Police Force employees who have lost their lives and are named on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance, and the many other police and former police employees who have lost their lives through illness or injury.
Officers being honoured this year on the remembrance wall include Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, who was killed in a single-vehicle collision while on duty in Maitland on 5 March 2016, and Curtis Cheng, a police accountant who was murdered in a terrorist act out the front of Parramatta Police Headquarters on 2 October 2015.
Mr Anderson said it is important to remember the sacrifices the men and women of the force make day in and day out for their communities.
“Every time an officer puts on a uniform and leaves home, they and their families don’t know exactly what that shift will bring or if they will return safely.
“That’s a situation they are willing to bear to do good for their communities, and some unfortunately make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
“Today we honour them and give our thanks to those men and women who keep us safe, and offer our comfort to the friends, family and colleagues of the state’s fallen.”
“I urge you, if you see an officer on the street today, don’t forget to say G’Day and pass on your own thanks. When we are running away, these are the brave men and women running in.”
Mr Anderson will join officers of the Oxley Local Area Command to honour fallen officers in a special service today at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Walcha.