Police pay tribute to fallen hero
THE “highly dedicated” members of the NSW Police Force perform tasks no other agency can and continuously put their bodies on the line in the name of community safety.
Sadly, sometimes the ultimate price is paid.
Constable William Crews was accidentally shot on September 8 while completing a routine drug search in Bankstown and later died in hospital.
More than 1500 police attended his funeral at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney yesterday.
In a heartfelt tribute to Constable Crews, who grew up in Glen Innes, the flag outside Grafton Police Station has been lowered to half mast as a sign of respect for a fallen hero.
Murray Gillett, duty officer for the Grafton sector within the Coffs – Clarence Local Area Command, said police officers are “here to assist the community”.
“Tragically a young constable has lost his life doing just that,” Mr Gillett said.
This Saturday, police across Australia will honour their fallen colleagues by participating in the inaugural National Police Memorial Ride for Remembrance.
Groups will assemble at the Kings Domain Garden in Melbourne, The Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney and also in Perth before journeying on motorcycles to the National Police Memorial in Canberra under full police escort.
Duty Officer Murray Gillett will be among them.
Locals will have a chance to pay their respects on National Police Remembrance Day on September 29 during a service which will be held at the Christ Church Cathedral at 2pm.
Duty Officer Murray Gillett said all are welcome to attend.
“Paying your respects is a gracious way of saying thank you to fallen heroes.”