Kingaroy officer in charge David Tierney, Probationary Constable Jessica Leech with Acting Inspector Terry McCullough.
Kingaroy officer in charge David Tierney, Probationary Constable Jessica Leech with Acting Inspector Terry McCullough. Matt Collins

Community, police unite to pay respects to fallen officers

NOT many of us go to work knowing we might be required to put our life on the line as part of the job.

But that is exactly what our brave men and women in blue contemplate each and every day.

A full house at Wondai's Uniting Church paid their respects today, Police Remembrance Day, to all the brave officers who have given their lives for our safety.

Chaplain David Ferguson led the proceedings alongside Kingaroy Officer-in-Charge, Snr Sgt David Tierney and Acting Inspector Terry McCullough.

Snr Sgt David Tierney reads a psalm as Acting Inspector Terry McCullough and Chaplain David Ferguson watch on.
Snr Sgt David Tierney reads a Psalm as Acting Inspector Terry McCullough and Chaplain David Ferguson watch on. Matt Collins

Insp McCullough read an address on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Katarina Carroll, which paid tribute to the 147 fallen Queensland officers.

"National Police Remembrance Day not only honours those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, but also recognises the commitment, dedication and bravery of all past, present and future police officers,” he said.

FULL HOUSE: There were many serving police officers at Wondai's Uniting Church to pay their respects during Police Remembrance Day.
FULL HOUSE: There were many serving police officers at Wondai's Uniting Church to pay their respects during Police Remembrance Day. Matt Collins

Chaplain David Ferguson with members of Queensland Police Service read the Prayers of Intercession.
Chaplain David Ferguson with members of Queensland Police Service read the Prayers of Intercession. Matt Collins

The address also mentioned that this year marks the anniversary of the deaths of the following police officers, whom we honour and remember:

  • 135 years since Constable Nathaniel Roberts of Windorah Police Station died after becoming lost in the bush without water near Connemarra Station, close to Windorah.
  • 135 years since Constable James McMullen from Maytown Police Station drowned while accompanying a prisoner to bathe in the Pioneer River near Maytown.
  • 130 years since Constable Aldred Wavell of Corinda Police Station (Gulf of Carpentaria) was killed after tracking an offender to Lawn Hill where a gun fight ensued, and he courageously walked towards the line of fire calling for surrender.
  • 125 years since Constable Edward Lanigan of Montalbion Police Station died in the execution of his duties while attempting to apprehend an offender in Montalbion, a settlement in North Queensland.
  • 125 years since Constable Benjamin Ebbit of Croydon Police Station died as a result of injuries sustained on November 9, 1890, when he was seriously assaulted attempting to arrest an offender.
  • 110 years since Sub Inspector 2/c Michael Broderick of Charleville Police Station died as a result of injuries sustained when he fell from his horse in Charleville.
  • 50 years since Senior Constable Colin Brown of Dayboro Police Station was killed in the line of duty when responding to an armed offender at a local dairy farm.
  • 50 years since Constable Noel Steele of Booval Police Station was killed in a car crash while in pursuit of a speeding vehicle in Booval.
  • 50 years since Constable Alan Cambage of Brisbane Traffic Branch died as a result of injuries received in a motorcycle crash at Salisbury.
  • 40 years since Technical Officer Grade 1 James Patrick Browning of Brisbane Radio Maintenance Division was killed when his private motorcycle and two other cars collided in Bardon as he travelled home.
  • 30 years since Plain Clothes Constable Brett Handran of the Juvenile Aid Bureau was killed in the line of duty as he responded to a domestic disturbance in Wynnum West.

Blue ribbons are available from any police station for a small donation and the proceeds will go towards charities, Queensland Police Legacy and Community Supporting Police.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: National Police Remembrance Day at Uniting Church, Wondai.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: National Police Remembrance Day at Uniting Church, Wondai. Matt Collins