Fallen officers honoured in Central Highlands and Isaac
THE names of fallen police officers resounded through the Emerald St Patrick's Church yesterday, with their memories honoured in moments of silence.
Ceremonies were held across the country for National Police Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the sacrifices officers have made in the line of duty, as well as their families and loved ones.
Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane, who read the honourable mention of police officers and members who had died in the past year, said he personally appreciated the support from all those in attendance.
"National Police Remembrance Day is a significant day on the police calendar each year, while we remember the sacrifices officers have given in the line of duty," he said.
"It is also a time to reflect on the possible dangers we potentially face each day.
"For me it is extremely refreshing to see the broader community attend the service. The support of the community is essential to all of us and it reminds us as to why we do the job we do."
The Emerald ceremony was presided over by police chaplain Father Matthew Moloney, who delivered a stark reminder of the preciousness of life, and a message of hope to the police officers, emergency service personnel and community members.
A separate service was hosted by Moranbah police at the St Francis Anglican Church, with officers from across the Isaac region in attendance alongside community members.
Local Senior Sergeant Michael Bailey said he hoped to see strong community support for the important occasion.
"National Police Remembrance Day is a significant day to reflect on each individual police service and remember those officers killed on duty or as a result of their duties," he said.