• Tony Bosworth

They protect, they serve, and sometimes they pay the ultimate sacrifice - let's remember them

They keep us safe, and they’re there to help when we need a helping hand. It’s not an easy job – it can be stressful and demands patience - so give our local police a wave this week and let them know you care, because tomorrow is National Police Remembrance Day.

Chief Inspector Garry Sims APM, Customer Service Duty Officer at Hawkesbury Police Area Command said this morning: “The start of this week is significant to police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands as we are approaching National Police Remembrance Day on Tuesday 29 September.

“It is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been lost while performing duty as a police officer,” CI Sims said.

“This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

“It is additionally significant for our Command to pay our respects during National Police Remembrance Day considering the loss of one of our own, Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, who tragically lost his life protecting the Hawkesbury Community while on duty at Oakville on the December 6, 2012,” CI Sims said.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the formal ceremony marking National Police Remembrance Day in Sydney will not be held, but we should all pause and give a thought to the men and women who serve.

The names of NSW police officers who lost their lives while they were performing police duties are etched into the NSW Police Force Wall of Remembrance on the southern side of the NSW Art Gallery in the Domain. The wall was officially opened by the then Premier of NSW, Bob Carr, in December 1999.

Chief Inspector Sims said, “It would mean a lot to our staff to see people give us a wave and a smile on the 29th as a sign of support not only for the work that we do on a daily basis, but as a sign of respect for those who have been lost.”

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