Remembering lives lost in the line of duty
THEY'RE the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for the sake of their community and yesterday, Warwick paid tribute to their dedication at the local Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Joining the 30th year of nationwide commemorations, Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Reid said the day was a time to pay tribute to the members of the Queensland Police Service who had lost their lives in the line of duty.
"We see the worst human life has to offer at times, and go to jobs that the general public may never be exposed to in their life and we might do that multiple times in our careers,” he said.
"It is the ultimate sacrifice to be killed in the line of duty, protecting and making the community safe ... and it is important to reflect on the fellow workmates who have lost their lives.
"Some of us have worked with them or known their family members.”
Sgt Reid said one of the most raw cases for Warwick police was that of Brett Forte, who died after he was gunned down in the Lockyer Valley in 2017.
"The community support today, but also at the funeral, and the outpouring of grief there, show the high levels of support police have in our community,” he said.
Former police officer Andrew Gale said the day was a timely reminder to Warwick that police were there to protect them.
"People don't know; they perceive most interactions as negative, but then they're (the police) the first people they turn to when they're scared,” Mr Gale said.