Insp Joel Murchie Has Experienced the Horror of the Bali Bombings

NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team Commander Joel Murchie who leads the force's experts with regards to mental health and suicide prevention. Picture: Tim Hunter.
NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team Commander Joel Murchie who leads the force’s experts with regards to mental health and suicide prevention. Picture: Tim Hunter.

Joel Murchie will never forget that night in Bali in October 2002 when he heard two backpack explosions coming from the nearby Paddys Bar.

On the dancefloor of the Sari Club at the time, the policeman then saw a van parked 10m away from him, right up against the entrance.

The moments which followed would change his life forever.

“Being a typical police officer, I am about to almost get killed and I’m thinking why someone has illegally parked that van up against the front door,” he said.

Inspector Murchie is now part of the Counter Terrorism Forward Command Team and was on duty at the Lindt Café terrorist attack last year.

He is also the commander of the NSW Police Mental Health Intervention Team.

In November the MHIT will have trained every officer in mental health and suicide prevention.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

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