Ceremony held at the Greek Orthodox church of St Anna in Bundall
Queensland Police Service honoured 140 fallen officers at a memorial held at the Greek Orthodox Church Of St Anna in Bundall, last week.
Constable Brett Irwin was amongst the fallen, shot dead on his first night shift during a routine arrest.
The 33-year-old police officer was executing a warrant at a home in 2007 when he was killed at point-blank range.
“There are a lot of people who appreciate what these ladies and gentlemen put up with every day,” Tony Irwin said, appreciative of the community’s efforts to keep his son’s memory alive.
“It’s important people realise the amount of hard work that goes into protecting people.”
Such incidents have made the Police Service become more mindful of the mental toll that came with attending incidents such as the recent domestic violence deaths on the Gold Coast.
“The hardships they put up with are just out on the street most of the time,” South Eastern Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said, as the chair of the Psychological Wellbeing Committee.
“They come to work, in many cases not knowing what to expect.
“It’s a special calling, a special profession and it takes a special kind of person willing to commit to that.”
Source: Gold Coast Bulletin
NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY
For the first time in Queensland Police history, a National Police Remembrance Day Service was held at Greek Orthodox Church of St Anna on the Gold Coast. With its twin chandeliers and traditional Greek Orthodox décor, the setting made for a moving service. About 200 police, guests and members of the community joined Fr Romanos in remembering their sacrifice and service.
The Gold Coast District welcomed members of a number of families who had lost loved ones in the line of duty, including the families of Brent Irwin, Damien Leeding and Tony Pattemore (NSW). A number of dignitaries including The Honourable Steve Ciobo, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and local and state MPs from the Gold Coast, our colleagues from the Australian Federal Police at Coolangatta and our friends from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service joined us to remember our fallen comrades.
Fr Romanos and the Greek Orthodox Community were the most gracious of hosts and showed police and community their famous Greek hospitality.
A special thank you to those that helped tirelessly throughout the day and in the planning, especially Senior Constable Vanessa Kennedy and her team of volunteers in policing, Federal Agent Reece Lockheed from the Australian Federal Police for his bag-pipping, Senior Constable Laureen Du Plusess, from the Gold Coast Scenes of Crime office, for the amazing photos, Bianca Jones, from Broadbeach Station, for the work behind the scenes.
Also A/Inspector Jason Tuffley, Sergeant Brad Miller, Constable Matt Reeves and Constable Helen Redhead for being the classiest colour party in Greek Orthodox/QPS History.
Finally, a very big thank you to Fr Romanos, president of St Anna, Mrs Sandra Voukelatos, the Ladies Auxiliary, chanters and the whole of the parish of St Anna, for their hospitality, catering, support and friendship, not just for Police Remembrance Day but for every day.
Senior Sergeant Paul Hunter,
Broadbeach Police Station