Roma police honour fallen officers for Remembrance Day
ROMA Police officers gathered together to pause, reflect and honour fallen Queensland Police Service Officers.
September 29 marks National Police Remembrance Day.
Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services the Honourable Mark Ryan MP and Commissioner Katarina Carroll joined a small ceremony at the QPS Memorial in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
In reflection of the 147 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, the Commissioner said the importance of the day weighed heavily on those in attendance at the ceremony.
"National Police Remembrance Day allows us all to come together, not only within the Queensland Police Service, but around the whole country," Commissioner Carroll said.
"Whilst we honour our own officers, we also stand alongside our Victoria Police colleagues as they honour the recent and tragic loss of four of their own.
"The loss of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney has impacted the nation's police and has given us yet another reason to recognise the commitment, dedication and bravery of all past, present and future police officers.
"We also acknowledge the loss of our Australasian and Pacific jurisdictions of Fiji, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
"From the Fiji Police Force, Constable Siuta Nuimataiwalu, from the New Zealand Police, Constable Matthew Hunt, and from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Senior Inspector Andrew Tovere, Sergeant David Hale, Senior Constable John Patiliu and Constable Timot Kavanamur."
"Together, we pause, we reflect, and we honour those who have served before us or alongside us who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"While we can't be with the family members and friends of those who are no longer with us today, we stand and reflect together in honour of their loved ones and acknowledge the unimaginable loss they have suffered.
"We will never forget them."
Commissioner Carroll also acknowledged the important role of each and every police officer in making Queensland safe and the intrinsic sacrifice they and their families make for them to do so.
"Each officer takes a considerable risk every day they go to work in the name of making Queensland safe," Commissioner Carroll said.
"Their honourable commitment deserves to be recognised; hence the importance of this date for the Service to come together."
As members of the Queensland Police Service honoured and remembered all of their colleagues who have passed away, they also marked the anniversary of the deaths of the following police officers:
Constable William Arundell of Watsonville Police Station was thrown from and kicked by his horse in 1980.
Constable Albert Price of Mackay Police Station was stabbed while arresting an offender in 1905.
Constable Robert Orme of Clermont Police Station was crushed by his injured horse in 1905.
Constable William Mercer of Cloncurry Police Station fell from his horse, fracturing his skull in 1910.
Plain Clothes Constable Arthur Crust of Brisbane Traffic Branch collided with a car on his motorbike in 1930.
Sergeant First Class Theodore Herman of Blackall Police Station collapsed and died of a heart attack when arresting and escorting offenders in Blackall in 1950.
Senior Constable Ronald Moore of Rolleston Police Station drowned while conducting water height checks at the Comet River Bridge in 1970.
Technical Officer Grade One James Browning of Brisbane Radio Maintenance Division was killed in a traffic crash on his way home in 1980.
Senior Constable Norm Watt of Rockhampton Dog Squad was killed while attending a domestic disturbance at Alton Downs in 2000.
Sergeant Dan Stiller of Oxley District Traffic Branch was struck by an oncoming truck while escorting a wide load on the Bruce Highway near Mount Larcom in 2010.