News

Dad honoured by police vessel named after his slain son

NEW VESSEL: The newly commissioned police boat, named after Bundaberg man George Irwin's son, Perry, who died in the line of duty in 2003. Photo: contributed
NEW VESSEL: The newly commissioned police boat, named after Bundaberg man George Irwin's son, Perry, who died in the line of duty in 2003. Photo: contributed contributed

SECOND World War veteran and former prisoner of war George Irwin was devastated when his third eldest son was killed in the line of duty as a police officer in 2003.

But the memory of Senior Sergeant Perry Irwin continues to lives on with the recent commissioning of a new water police boat, named in his honour.

Snr Sgt Perry's was fatally shot while responding to an incident in Caboolture on August 22, 2003.

"Perry never saw the bloke - he was dead before he knew what happened," Mr Irwin said.

The 98 year old said the loss of his son was the second heartbreaking blow for the Irwin family, after he lost his wife and the four boys lost their mother to breast cancer when Perry was about 12.

Suddenly in charge of the whole family, Mr Irwin worked long hours at his one-man butchery in Brisbane to provide for his family.

"I would say that Perry learned to become self-reliant and dependable at an early age," Mr Irwin said.

"He grew to be a steadfast man with a soft heart but an iron will and gritty determination."

The Perry Irwin vessel is the first of three, 24m catamarans to be built for the Queensland Police Service and will be sent to Cairns to replace the recently decommissioned Russel A Wilson.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the vessel would have multiple roles in its lifetime.

"They will be deployed as mobile command posts in disasters and major events, as Search and Rescue platforms and as floating police stations," he said.

"The vessels are fitted with modern electronics and will significantly enhance the capability of the Water Police.

"They are designed for police officers to stay at sea for extended periods for patrol and other duties."

The naming of the vessel has come 11 years since the death of Senior Sergeant Irwin.

"(It) is a very proud but sad day for the Queensland Police Service," Commissioner Stewart said.

"Perry put on a beautiful day for us.

"He was a great leader and a good bloke - he will be keeping Queenslanders safe on the water."

Mr Irwin said the family had been proud of Snr Sgt Irwin both as a boy and as a man.

"And now to see him remembered with an honour such as this brings pride of him beyond my powers of description," he said.

Topics:  qps, second world war




120-plus tourism park approved by council

Conditional approval granted for tourist park at Moore Park Beach.

Many residents oppose tourist park development

Firefighters rush to grass fire

EMERGENCY: A grass fire has started at Hoffmans Rd, Burnett Heads.Photo Contributed

Two vehicles are currently on scene

Students' skills tested in QCS

BOOKS AWAY: Kepnock Students Paul Scholze, An Pham, Lauren Cutmore and Ryan Kruger ready to finish the QCS.

QCS test almost complete for grade 12 students

Latest deals and offers

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Guess which morning show is visiting the Bundy region?

Sam Mac hosts the TV series First Dates. Supplied by Channel 7. Please credit photo to Jeremy Greive.

Everyone's invited to head down and be a part of the broadcast

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m