THIS Friday the community will gather to pause, honour and remember fallen officers as part of National Police Remembrance Day in Mareeba.
National Police Remembrance Day (NPRD) marks the day the Queensland Police Service joins other Australasian police jurisdictions to stop and honour fallen officers.
The Day is held all across regional Queensland centres and is also attended by members of the public and other emergency services. Senior Constable Aleda Day is encouraging the community to join in the march and subsequent church service.
“We would appreciate the community attending the church service or marching with us from the station to the church,” she said.
“To remember and acknowledge the sacrifice of those officers who committed their lives to the safety and security of others.
“We will be remembering the 13 local officers who lost their lives whilst serving in this patrol group.”
Officers as far back as 1872 and as current as 2013 will be among those who will be honoured. Current serving officers as well as retired officers, family and friends of the fallen officers, members of the community and other Emergency Service Staff will be attending the march from the Mareeba Police Station to the Abundant Life Church.
Relatives and police will light candles at the church service to remember the fallen officers.
“Every year a different officer’s story is told,” Constable Day said.
“This year we will be celebrating Senior Constable Lyle Hoey.
“Senior Constable Hoey lost his life on November 2, 1975 while attempting to intercept a break and enter suspect at Julatten.”
Senior Constable Day says the day recognises the unique nature of police service and the dangers police face in their daily pursuits.
“We remember and acknowledge the sacrifice of those officers who committed their lives to the safety and security of other,” she said.
“In recognition of those officers, we affirm our commitment to the principles of law enforcement.
“To serve with honour, courage, compassion, integrity and honesty in the quest to secure a safe environment for all our communities.”
The march will begin outside the Mareeba Police Station at 9:30am and continue north along Walsh Street and stop to begin the service at the Abundant Life Church, opposite the PCYC Hall in Mareeba.