Police take a breath and pay their respects
THE pavement was lined with a sea of blue on Friday as dozens of past and serving police officers marched for their fallen comrades.
To mark National Police Remembrance Day, these officers from nearby stations paid their respects to the 147 officers who have died on the job.
Dozens of current and previously serving police officers from across the Banana Shire marched down the pavement in Biloela to remember fallen comrades.
Senior Sergeant Nick Paton of the Biloela Police said the day held a lot of significance to him and his brothers and sisters in arms.
“It means everything really to remember our fallen colleagues who gave their lives to keep the peace and those officers who have passed away,” Snr Srg Paton said.
“This year my first Sergeant in England passed away, so I will remembering him today and all those who have given their lives before.
“It’s a very close bond we share in the force.
“Like a police family and, as a family, we look after each other.”
After the march down Kariboe Street, all the current and former officers were joined by members of the community along with Mr Boyce, Cr Ferrier and Cr Snell to hold a rememberance service at St Gabriel’s Anglican Church.
The service included a number of prayers and readings to reflect on the role that police officers serve in the community and that their sacrifice doesn’t go unwarranted.
Towards the end of the service wreaths were laid to show respect.