Respect for police who die in line of duty

SOUTH West police honoured their fallen comrades in a special ceremony in Bunbury on Thursday.

About 100 people packed out the Bunbury City Council chamber function room to pay their respects during the National Police Remembrance Day Ceremony.

The annual ceremony honours police who have died in the line of duty.

Usually held on or around September 29 every year, the South West police team hold it earlier to allow school children, community members and staff to attend.

WA Police chaplain Keith Carmody told attendees this year’s ceremony marked 10 years since the last time he had to knock on the door of a family and deliver them “tragic news”.

During the ceremony, South West district police Supt Mick Sutherland acknowledged a number of families who had lost loved ones. “Our continued love and thoughts are with these families and many other police officers who have left us,” Supt. Sutherland said.

Supt Sutherland told the Bunbury Herald the ceremony was a chance to remember those who had “sacrificed the ultimate” in the line of duty.

“It’s a day to remember the officers who have lost their lives,” Supt Sutherland said.

“It provides the opportunity to publicly remember officers and reflect on the sacrifices they have made in serving the community.”

Supt Sutherland also thanked Forrest MHR Nola Marino for a speech she made in Parliament, acknowledging the remembrance day.

Mrs Marino said the eight officers who had died in WA since 2000, were eight too many.

“I want to pay my great respects and honour and thank every single police officer right around Australia for the work that they do every single single day,” she said.

“Whether it’s in a small community like mine or in a major metropolitan centre and the way that they protect us and make our communities safe.”

Source: Bunbury Herald.