Many local residents paying their respects at the National Police Remembrance Day at Mundubbera Uniting Church.
Many local residents paying their respects at the National Police Remembrance Day at Mundubbera Uniting Church. Sam Turner

Police and community unite to remember fallen officers

POLICE officers who died in the line of duty were remembered this week at a service held at the Mundubbera Uniting Church.

Residents from the towns of Gayndah, Biggenden and Eidsvold attended the service on September 25, paying their respects to the 147 Queensland officers who have lost their lives.

Officers, constables and sergeants from each of the surrounding divisions were in attendance, offering their condolences to their fallen mates.

Police chaplain Bruce Govan believes it's important for us to remember those who have made this sacrifice to protect their communities.

"Over my time as a police chaplain, I've worked with families who have had members die, with it impacting them greatly,” Mr Govan said.

"It causes a great deal of grief, and pride sometimes in the fact knowing they've done it with policing.

"I think it's really important however, that we show we haven't forgotten those who've made that sacrifice.”

Since it's creation in 1989, National Police Remembrance Day has been an opportunity for every Australian to pay their respects to their policing community, and those who have fallen.

Observed annually on the feast day for the Archangel Michael, internationally recognised as the patron saint of police, services will be running across Australia on September 26 and 27.


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