Gratitude and grace in wake of tragedy
Letter to the editor from Toby Dwyer
Dear Albany community,
I recently lost my dear brother Matthew Dwyer when he fell from a cliff at Bluff Knoll.
While it is a tragic loss for his friends and family, I realise the shock and dismay reaches far further than our little group.
I see on Facebook, members of your community express their horror at yet another mishap at Bluff Knoll, and I wish to send my love to you all as you grasp at understanding how these tragedies occur, and at their frequency.
We all mourn the loss of a life, and we all know that somewhere a loved one is grieving over that loss.
I thank you all for the lovely sentiments posted on Facebook via the Albany Advertiser page and elsewhere.
My gratitude goes out to all who were directly involved in the search for him: the Albany police, the Gnowangerup police, the TRG, the SES, the hiker who found Matthew’s abandoned backpack and acted promptly, the pilots who flew helicopters and search planes and drones, and to all those I have missed on my list.
It must be a thankless task to find the lost person deceased, but your efforts and commitment and professionalism and loving care is great appreciated, by me, my parents, and Matthew’s children and extended family.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
With love, take care.
Letter to the editor from Winnie, Kevin and Toby Dwyer, Elliott, Lauren and Tess Dwyer-Long, and Claire Long
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to everybody who played a part in the search for our beloved Matthew last week at Bluff Knoll.
We know a large number of people dropped what they were doing and put their heart into the search.
While we are devastated at the loss of Matthew, without your help this would be even harder for us all.
Heartfelt thanks to ranger Luke Coney, local SES volunteers, Albany police, the Police Air Wing and the AMSA Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
We would also like to express our special thanks to Nicola at the Albany Courthouse and Kirsteen Stevens at the Albany Health Campus for their compassion and kindness.
The assistance of everybody involved has been greatly appreciated by all of Matthew’s family.
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