Andrew K. WARNER
New South Wales Police Force
Probationary Constable # 60623
Regd. # ?????
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 9 September 1988
Senior Constable – death
Stations: ?, State Transfers – Parramatta, Water Police during 2000 Olympics ( Jet ski ), Broken Bay Water Police – death
Service: From: attested 9 September 1988 to 1 June 2002 = 13+ years Service
Born: 9 October 1966
Died on: 1 June 2002
Cause: Football injury
Funeral date: ?
Funeral location: ?
Buried at: Cremated.
Ashes were spread off Resolute Beach, Pittwater, Kurinai National Park
From the history of the Hornsby Rugby Club. – The club endured a particularly tragic event on June 1st 2002 when first grade player Andrew Warner died as a result of injuries sustained during a home game against Oatley Rugby Club match at Waitara oval.
Andrew was a club stalwart who had played over 100 games for the club and was also a coach with the club.
Andrew is remembered at the annual Back to Hornsby day when the first grade teams play for the Andrew Warner Memorial trophy.
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From David Buchanan: Wednesday 14 February 2018:
This is the funeral for Andy Warner in June 2002. (This is perhaps the only photo where you will witness the NSW Water Police marching.)
Andy was attached to Broken Bay Water Police at the time of his death. He tragically died as a result of an accident playing football at Waitara on the 1st June 2002. He was a well-liked member of the Broken Bay unit – and the entire Water Police, his football club and the local community.
His death made us realise how close Police are around this nation. I was working with Craig Goozee on that day, and Andy’s mates informed us of the accident and his subsequent death soon after it occurred. Apart from the obvious shock and grief that Craig and I had at the time, we set about making the necessary phonecalls and enquiries to one and all, but we learned that Andy’s parents were somewhere in northern Australia between Katherine and Broome on a caravanning holiday – and no phone contact. (I might add that many members of our Water Police unit just came into work to assist wherever they could.) Craig and I thought this was going to be a lengthy process in locating them. We found them after 3 phonecalls and advice from the local coppers – Katherine Police, the NT/WA border station, and Kununurra Police in WA. The Senior Constable at Kununurra located Andy’s parents them within 10 minutes after the call, but before delivering the message, he gathered the local clergy as support. Still hard to believe that we had located Andy’s parents within the hour.
What occurred after resulted in commendations being delivered via our commissioner. The local police in WA and NT pooled together and drove Andy’s parents in relay to Darwin, organised and placed them on a flight to Sydney. They also drove their car and caravan from Kununurra to Katherine and placed same in safe storage. Made us realise that Police are all a family no matter what uniform they wear.
Andy Warner’s ashes were spread off Resolute Beach in Pittwater, a remote and peaceful beach in the Kuringai National Park. RIP Andy.