Fallen officers honoured on National Police Remembrance Day
NSW has paused to honour our fallen police officers this National Police Remembrance Day, with a number of small gatherings and virtual ceremonies taking place across the state.
This year, the life and service of Senior Constable Kelly Ann Foster was remembered by adding her name to the Wall of Remembrance following her tragic death in January, marking the 275th fallen NSW police officer.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM and NSW Governor Margaret Beazley attended a small service at the Wall of Remembrance to honour members of the NSW Police Force who have lost their lives serving our community.
Ms Berejiklian said National Police Remembrance Day is the most important day of the policing calendar, and the absence of a traditional ceremony makes it no less meaningful.
“Today we have paid our respects at the Wall of Remembrance, representing those who cannot attend, honouring the memory of the fallen officers,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Every day more than 17,500 police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, and we are deeply grateful for their service.”
Mr Elliott paid tribute to the fallen officers, and acknowledged those who have worked tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19 over the past 18 months.
“The NSW Police Force has had a long tradition of putting another person’s wellbeing before their own, and it is this selfless attitude that lead to the tragic death earlier this year of Senior Constable Foster,” Mr Elliott said.
“She was a much-loved and respected officer; and did not hesitate to go to the aid of the woman in danger. We stand with her family, friends and colleagues to mourn the loss of a fine officer.”
Commissioner Fuller said the fallen officers have been honoured appropriately today, despite the police family being unable to gather together for a second year.
“We remember those officers who have given their life in the line of duty, and today the name of a talented, much-loved officer, Senior Constable Kelly Ann Foster, has been added to the Wall of Remembrance,” Commissioner Fuller said.
“We stand here representing all those officers, family members, and colleagues who – while they cannot attend in person – can be assured their loved ones have been honoured.”