Queensland: National Police Remembrance Day To Mark Fallen Officers

Officer Damian Leeding was killed while responding to an armed robbery.
Officer Damian Leeding was killed while responding to an armed robbery.
It’s been more than four years since Queensland was rocked by the death of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding after he was shot in the head during a Gold Coast armed robbery.

More than two years have passed since Constable Casey Blain became the most recent officer in Queensland to die when his patrol car crashed in the state’s far north.

They make up two of 140 fallen Queensland police officers who will be honoured on Tuesday on National Police Remembrance Day.

Although no officers have died in the past year, the day will serve as a reminder for serving police about how dangerous their job can be.

Commissioner Ian Stewart said Queensland police had at least 15,000 interactions with the public every day.

“There are times however, when no matter how dedicated, committed and courageous our officers are, they face unbeatable odds,” he said.

“Police Remembrance Day not only allows us to pay tribute to such officers but it presents an opportunity to recognise the bravery and dedication of past and present officers.”

Mr Stewart will on Tuesday attend a service at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane’s CBD, which will be one of several held across the state.

It will be preceded by a march with current and retired members, the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, the dog squad and the mounted unit.

The service will also mark 100 years since the deaths of eight officers who died on active service during World War I.

Source: Brisbane Times.

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