Each year September 29 marks National Police Remembrance Day, commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during their service to the community.
Local Bundaberg Police marked the occasion with a traditional service at Uniting Church, with the event providing the opportunity for past and present officers and the wider community to reflect on those who served.
Bundaberg Inspector Anne Vogler said the day was a time for officers to remember their colleagues who had fallen throughout the previous year and during their service.
“It is a day for us for reflection and to show appreciation to family and friends that have to work with us, and the police through the hard times as well as the good times,” Insp Vogler said.
“Every day we send young and old officers out to protect the community and keep the community safe and we know they may not come home.
“It is daunting to reflect back on but it is a job we signed up for and it is a job we love.”
Insp Vogler said the service became more important the longer an officer served.
“It is a time to bring the retired police and new officers together; seeing the family grow,” she said.
Retired Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffmann said while it was a sad day for him, it was also a very important one.
“National Police Remembrance Day is a very important day for all police officers throughout our country it is a day where we remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Erwin said.
“Unfortunately, I lost a number of colleagues that were actually killed during the course of their duties.
“I think it is important that the police realise the community is there to support them.”
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