Fallen honoured on remembrance day
A MOVING remembrance ceremony was held in Bundaberg yesterday to pay tribute to police officers who have died in the line of duty.
Officers and members of the community turned out to the Uniting Church of Australia Bundaberg yesterday to pay their respects on National Police Remembrance Day.
Reverend Ray Nutley spoke of the sacrifice police officers made every day.
“The life we enjoy as free and democratic Australians has been shaped by the contribution of the women and men who daily are confronted by considerable risk and dangers,” he said.
“On this day, police services across the nation gather with members of their community to remember colleagues who have, in the course of duty, given their lives to uphold the law and to serve the people of Australia.”
Rev Nutley spoke of the fallen officers in his speech to the packed church.
“In the history of the Queensland Police Service, 137 police officers have been killed or have died whilst on duty, serving to uphold the law and to maintain social order,” he said.
Bundaberg Police officer Sergeant Gary Hill, who last year lost his battle with cancer, was remembered at the ceremony, where his wife Michelle and two sons lit a candle in his memory.
The parents of Nanango officer Sergeant Russell Wendt also lit a candle for their son, who died earlier this year.
Superintendent Anne Macdonald led the church in prayer and spoke of the sacrifice policemen and women gave.
She said two police officers had been killed in the line of duty since the 2009 National Police Remembrance Day.
“Joining with police officers and communities around our nation, we honour them,” she said.