Serving men and women from WA Police honoured at National Police Remembrance Day service

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Supt Kim Travers pays her respects.
Camera IconSupt Kim Travers pays her respects. Credit: Laurie Benson/Laurie Benson

The sacrifices made by serving men and women in WA Police were honoured in Albany yesterday at a service marking National Police Remembrance Day.

The names of 85 WA officers who have died in the line of duty were read out at the service.

The honour roll started with Capt. Theophilus Ellis who died in the line of duty in 1834 and ended with First Const. Dennis Green who died in 2017.

Prayer was led by the Rev. Karen Cave who acknowledged the protection offered by WA Police. Officials, friends and family also laid wreaths.

Great Southern Police District Supt Kim Travers said the fallen officers “were and they remain forever a part of the WA Police family”.

“Every officer on the WA Police honour roll has friends and colleagues who are left without their loved one in their lives,” Supt Travers said.

“This day is dedicated to the memory of these officers and recognises the loss felt by families and friends and colleagues who are left behind.”

Carla Fulcher attended the event with her grandchildren, Ella and Declan, who wore police service medals earned by their late relatives.

While her relatives were not killed in the line of duty, Ms Fulcher said she wanted to attend the ceremony to pay her respects.

Sen. Const. Cameron Mitchell with Declan Fulcher, 4, his sister Ella, 6, and grandmother Carla Fulcher.
Camera IconSen. Const. Cameron Mitchell with Declan Fulcher, 4, his sister Ella, 6, and grandmother Carla Fulcher. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

“Declan is wearing his great-grandfather’s medals, my father’s medals ... and then Ella is actually wearing her great-great-grandfather’s medal,” she said.

“They haven’t lost their lives in the line of duty but I’m just bringing the kids today as a show of respect.

“I think it’s important they learn about the police sacrifices and how they’re here to help.

“My family has a very big history with the police force with uncles and all sorts, and I think it’s important that the kids learn about it.”

Albany’s police memorial service.
Camera IconAlbany’s police memorial service. Credit: Laurie Benson
Great Southern Police District Supt Kim Travers.
Camera IconGreat Southern Police District Supt Kim Travers. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Albany's police memorial.
Camera IconAlbany's police memorial. Credit: Albany Advertiser
Sen. Const. Jeff Daniels.
Camera IconSen. Const. Jeff Daniels. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Albany's Police memorial service.
Camera IconAlbany's Police memorial service. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser
Former police officer now at the Department of Justice, Kevin Butler.
Camera IconFormer police officer now at the Department of Justice, Kevin Butler. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

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