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Virginia Suzanne MacKIE

Virginia Suzanne MacKIE

AKA  ?

* Nickname: Ginny MacKIE, Mac   

Late of  Elderslie, NSW

 

Relations in ‘the job’:

“possible” relation in ‘the job‘:  Colin J. G. MacKIE, NSWPF # 6962 ( NO relation )

S. J. MacKIE, NSWPF # 24893 ?

 

NSW  Goulburn Police Academy-  Class #  222C

 

New South Wales Police Force

 

ProCst. # 97484

Regd. #  23041

 

Rank: Commenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday 18 August 1986 ( aged 19 years, 0 months, 7 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed Friday 7 November 1986 ( aged 19 years, 2 months, 27 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?

Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? ( YES )

 

Final Rank: =  Senior Sergeant

 

Stations?, Nowra, ?, Albury, ?, Liverpool ( 22 Division )( Detectives )( c1997 ), MacQuarie Fields ( 35 Division ), Camden ( 35 Division )( 1990s ),  used to set up the ‘Minerva Rooms’ at Police HQ for Negotiator Training and LAC Critical Incident scenarios ( Education & Training Centre for Leadership & Management )( SenSgt )( c2009 ) – Retirement

  

Time employed with NSW Police:  From: 18 August 1986  to  16 March 2012 = 25 years, 6 months, 27 days

Service: From  18 August 1986    to   16 March 2012  = 25 years, 6 months, 27 days Service

 

 

Retirement / Leaving age: =  44 years, 7 months, 5 days

Time in Retirement from Police:  11 years, 8 months, 4 days

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac

 

 Born:  Friday 11 August 1967

Died on:  Monday 20 November 2023 ( about 2.25pm )

Age:  56 years, 3 months, 9 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?

 

Cause:  MVA – Motor Cycle Rider

Event location:   Bairnsdale-Dargo Road, Fernbank, Victoria, Australia

Event / Diagnosis date:   Monday 20 November 2023 ( about 2.25pm )

 

Funeral date:   Tuesday  5 December 2023 @ 11am

Funeral location:   St Paul’s Catholic Church, John St, Camden, NSW

LIVE STREAM can be found HERE

 

 

Wake location:   Camden Valley Inn, 290 Remembrance Driveway, Cawdor NSW

Wake date:   Tuesday  5 December 2023 @ 2.30pm

 

 

Funeral Parlour: ?

 

Buried at?

Grave LocationSection:          Row?         Plot?

Grave GPS?,       ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( November 2023 )

 

 

VIRGINIA is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


 

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

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May they forever Rest In Peace

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Fatal crash in Fernbank ( Victoria )

Monday 20 November 2023 7:20pm

Police are investigating after a fatal motorcycle crash in Fernbank this afternoon.

It is understood a motorcyclist, who was riding in a group, crashed into a tree on Bairnsdale-Dargo Road about 2.25pm.

The motorcyclist, a 56-year-old woman from Elderslie (NSW), died at the scene.

The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined and investigations remain ongoing.

For the current provisional lives lost tally please see https://www.police.vic.gov.au/road-safety-0

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Media Unit

121676

https://www.police.vic.gov.au/fatal-crash-fernbank


 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
222 Group C photo. We attested on 7/11/86. Virginia MacKie is front row third from right.

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Goulburn Police Academy Class 222 Group C photo. Attested on 7/11/86. Virginia MacKie is front row third from right.

 

Rob BOEG, Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac, Grant SEDDON
Rob BOEG # 23001, Virginia MacKIE # 23041 & Grant SEDDON # 22994 at the front counter of Nowra Police Station on 10 November 1986 as new Probationary Constables.

 

? & Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
? & Virginia MacKIE

 

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE in her earlier days.

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE # 23041 & ?          USA bike tour – 2016

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
USA Bike trip – 2016.       A fun loving person.
Dennis GEARSIDE # 15147, ?, Virginia MacKIE # 23041

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE # 23041 & Dennis GEARSIDE # 15147      USA bike tour – 2016

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE # 23041 & Dennis GEARSIDE # 15147     USA bike tour – 2016

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE # 23041 & Dennis GEARSIDE # 15147      USA bike tour – 2016

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
Virginia MacKIE # 23041 USA bike tour – 2016

 

Virginia MacKIE, Ginny MacKIE, Ginny, Mac
USA bike tour – 2016
?, Virginia MacKIE # 23041, Dennis GEARSIDE # 15147
Grand Canyon

 

 


* Story behind any Nickname:  A play on her surname.


 

Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.

**********

 

Cal
21 November 2023


 

 




Christopher Andrew McINTOSH

Christopher Andrew McINTOSH 

AKA  ? 

Late of  ? 

 

“possible” relation in ‘the job’:    ?

 

NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern  –  Class #  108

 

New South Wales Police Force

 

Regd. # 12178

 

Rank:  Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 8 August 1966 ( aged 19 years, 10 months, 1 day )

Probationary Constable- appointed Friday 16 September 1966 ( aged 19 years, 11 months, 9 days )

Constable – appointed 16 September 1967

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

 

Final Rank: =  Constable 1st Class 

 

Stations?, Traffic Branch – Bankstown  –  Death

  

Service: From 8 August 1966   to  22 September 1973 =  7 years, 1 month, 14 days Service

 

Retirement / Leaving age: =  26 years, 11 months, 15 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 0

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

 

 Born:  Monday 7 October 1946

Died on:  Saturday 22 September 1973

Age: 26 years, 11 months, 15 days

Organ Donor:  Y / N / ?

 

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – Rider – Non Urgent Duty

Event location:  Wattle St, Lakemba, NSW

Event date:  Saturday 22 September 1973

 

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location?

 

 

 

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( September 2022 )

 

 

  CHRIS IS mentioned on the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra


 

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

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May they forever Rest In Peace

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Christopher Andrew McINTOSH, Chris McINTOSH

 

Christopher Andrew McINTOSH, Chris McINTOSH Bankstown policeman, Constable Chris McINTOSH recently took charge of a gleaming new patrol bike and although it is capable of hitting 125 miles an hour, represents safety for members of the public. Constable McINTOSH told last week how he chased a speeding motorist some time ago with the car reaching more than 90 miles an hour on Hume Highway between Woodville Rd and Yagoona. Constable McINTOSH was riding a bike which has since been disposed of by the Police Department. If he had had the new cycle he now rides, the chase would have been over earlier and thus danger to the public would have been reduced. The new machine is a Honda 750 of four cylinders and other car on Australian roads could out run or out manoeuvre it. Constable McINTOSH has been riding motor cycle for eight years, five of them with the Police Department. The bike is two seconds faster than the latest Phase three Falcon GTHO over a standing quarter mile and reaches 105 miles an hour from rest in 12.6 seconds. It weights about 530 pounds with large disc brake at the front and live speed gearbox.
Bankstown policeman, Constable Chris McINTOSH recently took charge of a gleaming new patrol bike and although it is capable of hitting 125 miles an hour, represents safety for members of the public. Constable McINTOSH told last week how he chased a speeding motorist some time ago with the car reaching more than 90 miles an hour on Hume Highway between Woodville Rd and Yagoona. Constable McINTOSH was riding a bike which has since been disposed of by the Police Department. If he had had the new cycle he now rides, the chase would have been over earlier and thus danger to the public would have been reduced. The new machine is a Honda 750 of four cylinders and other car on Australian roads could out run or out manoeuvre it. Constable McINTOSH has been riding motor cycle for eight years, five of them with the Police Department. The bike is two seconds faster than the latest Phase three Falcon GTHO over a standing quarter mile and reaches 105 miles an hour from rest in 12.6 seconds. It weights about 530 pounds with large disc brake at the front and live speed gearbox.


 

Shortly after 9.30am on 22 September, 1973 Constable McIntosh was riding a Police Special Traffic Patrol solo motor cycle from Bankstown Police Station to Lakemba. As he was travelling along Wattle Street a panel van travelling in the opposite direction made a right turn in front of the police cycle. Constable McIntosh was unable to avoid a collision and the cycle struck the side of the van. The constable died as a result of injuries received in the collision.

 

The constable was born in 1946 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 8 August, 1966. At the time of his death he was attached to the Traffic Branch.

Source:  Beyond Courage

 


 

Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.

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Cal
 


 

 




Jason William BRYANT

Jason William BRYANT   VA BM

AKA 

Late of 

Brother of Ashley Newton BRYANT, NSWPF # 25603 ( R.I.P. )

 

NSW Goulburn Police Academy – Class #  239B 

 

New South Wales Police Force

 

Regd. #  26101 

 

RankCommenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday 31 October 1988 ( aged 22 years, 1 month, 14 days )

Probationary Constable- appointed 28 April 1989 ( aged 22 years, 7 months, 11 days )

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

 

Final Rank =  Senior Constable – Retired HOD on 5 March 2009

 

Stations:  Armidale, Byron Bay, Port Macquarie – Mid North Coast Target Action Group ( TAG ) – Retirement

 

  

Service: From 30 October 1988 to 5 March 2009 = 20 years, 4 months, 2 days Service

 

Retirement / Leaving age: = 42 years, 5 months, 16 days

Time in Retirement from Police: 12 years, 10 months, 4 days

 

Awards:  Bravery Medal ( BM ) – granted 14 February 2000 ( SenCon )

2000 Peter Stuckey Mitchell Award ( for acts of unselfish heroism)

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted ? ? ?

Commissioner’s Valour Award – granted ? ? ?

NSW Police Medal – granted ? ? ?

Commissioner’s Olympic Citation

 

 Born:  Saturday 17 September 1966

Died on:  Sunday 9 January 2022

Age:  55 years, 3 months, 23 days 

 

Cause: Fatal Trail Bike accident 

Event location:  Bindara Trail, Black Mountain Road, Towallum, NSW 

Event date:  ?

 

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location:  ?

At Jason’s request, there was no official funeral as such.  It was his wish for family and friends to celebrate his life – not mourn his loss. 

Jason Bryant enjoying a beer.
Jason Bryant enjoying a beer.  ” Don’t mourn my loss but celebrate my life “

 

Celebration of Life location:  Tacking Point Surf Club, Port Macquarie, NSW 

Celebration of Life dateSunday 23 January 2022 @ 2pm – 6pm

please don’t dress up for this event; Jason would have liked to see people dressed casually and comfortably. Board shorts, T-shirt, thongs

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: Cremated 

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( January 2022 )

 

 

JASON is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


 

FURTHER INFORMATION IS NEEDED ABOUT THIS PERSON, THEIR LIFE, THEIR CAREER AND THEIR DEATH.

PLEASE SEND PHOTOS AND INFORMATION TO Cal


 

May they forever Rest In Peace

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After Retiring from the employ of NSWPF, Jason ran the successful family business of Seaside First Aid Training at Port Macquarie.

https://www.seasidefirstaidtraining.com.au/


 

Jason is survived by his wife Debbie Bryant; children Joshua Bryant, Danni Mackay & Taylor Bryant; and mother Margo Bryant.

Debbie Bryant is also the name of Ashley Bryant‘s wife.

Jason is the brother of retired member Ashley Bryant (deceased 16 Dec 2013).


 

Tribute: Port Macquarie’s Jason Bryant remembered

The 55-year-old passed away suddenly on January 9.

Mr Bryant was active within the Port Macquarie-Hastings community – including through his employment within the police force, and as a member of the Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club.

Tacking Point SLSC president Mick Lang said Mr Bryant was an extreme waterman and arguably one of the best Inflatable Rescue Boat drivers on the Mid North Coast.

Mr Bryant put his rescue skills into action when he was involved in a mass rescue on the Hastings River in 1999.

Mr Bryant, who was a Senior Constable at the time, utilised an inshore rescue boat and with a colleague’s assistance, continually entered the most hazardous section of the bar.

They rescued members of the Port Macquarie Sea Rescue group, who had been thrown from their boat.

As a result of his efforts, he received the New South Wales Police Service‘s most coveted honour, the Peter Stuckey Mitchell Award in 2000.

Mr Bryant met his wife Deborah when he was 18-years-old and they were married for 33 years.

The couple had three childrenJoshua, Danielle, and Taylor.

The family enjoyed annual trips to the Gold Coast and spent time at the local beaches and rivers in the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Mr Bryant served in the NSW Police force for 20 years and he was stationed at Armidale, Byron Bay and Port Macquarie.

After leaving the force, Mr Bryant worked in a number of different roles and also developed his own business Seaside First Aid Training.

Mrs Bryant said her husband loved the ocean but also enjoyed getting out into the bush.

He went camping and on multi day hikes with his family and friends.

Mr Bryant also enjoyed adventure motorbike rides, where he would often stop in the middle of nowhere to take in the scenery and the quiet environment.


 

Jason Bryant

The family invites all those who knew Jason to attend his Celebration of Life, to be held on Sunday 23rd January 2022 from 2 – 6pm at Tacking Point Surf Club, Port Macquarie, NSW.

The bar will be open and if you would like to bring a share plate that would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

The Bryant Family

 

Additionally, the Port Macquarie Surfing Museum has arrange a “Paddle out for JB” on Saturday 22nd January 2022 from 10am at Town Beach, Port Macquarie.

https://omny.fm/shows/triple-m-mid-north-coast-breakfast/strawny-with-details-of-the-paddle-out-for-late-jb (listen from 0:37 sec)


 

Jason Bryant
Jason Bryant doing what he loved.  May 2020

Jason Bryant - doing what he loved in May 2020.

 


 

BRAVERY MEDAL

Senior Constable Jason William BRYANT,
Port Macquarie Police Station, Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.


On the afternoon of 24 May 1999, Senior Constable Bryant assisted in the rescue of six people who were stranded after their vessel had overturned in rough seas on the Port Macquarie bar.

Senior Constable Bryant, on hearing that a local rescue vessel had overturned on a sand bar, made the decision to launch another rescue vessel despite dangerous sea conditions.

Once the vessel was launched, Senior Constable Bryant, who was piloting the vessel and accompanied by another police officer, ( Senior Constable Anthony Francis LONG, NSWPF # 21197.  See page 22 in below link ) proceeded out of the river entrance to the bar.

The surf was at a height that prevented him seeing the stranded people. Through contact with Marine Radio Base, he was directed to the disabled vessel, some 300 metres to the north.

En-route, the other officer was injured as the surf and swell pounded him against the interior of the vessel.

Senior Constable Bryant saw the stricken vessel with two people aboard.

On reaching them, Constable Bryant was informed that there were four people in greater danger as they had been swept away in the water.

Senior Constable Bryant and the other officer located these four people and pulled them aboard, one at a time.

On returning to the stricken vessel, the boat had capsized again and the people were clinging to the sides of the overturned vessel.

Senior Constable Bryant could not take the men aboard as it was beyond the capacity of the vessel, but reassured them that he would return.

Returning to the river entrance, another vessel took aboard the four men and Senior Constable Bryant’s injured colleague.

Senior Constable Bryant immediately returned to the overturned vessel, but the men had been swept away.

Senior Constable Bryant spotted the men some 30 metres away.
On reaching the men, and as he attempted to rescue one of them, he had to turn the vessel quickly to avoid an oncoming wave. On the next attempt, he pulled the man to safety and then rescued the other man.

By his actions, Senior Constable Bryant displayed considerable bravery.

https://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-01/20000214_-_bravery_-_biographical_notes.pdf

(see page 8)


 

Rescue boat found 1400kms away

 

“THE Sea Rescue’s rubber duckie was washed up on North Beach but the fate of Rescue One, worth around $120,000, with all equipment, was still unknown late yesterday.”

That was how the Port Macquarie News reported the May 1999 sea drama that claimed Port Macquarie Sea Rescue’s boat, Rescue One.

On Monday though, 20 months after the boat sank and disappeared, the fate of the six-metre twin hulled Kevlar Cat was finally revealed: on a Queensland beach, some 1400 kms north of where it went down.

The lead-up to the boat’s sinking was one of the most dramatic events ever witnessed on the Hastings, and culminated in bravery awards for eight members of Port Macquarie Sea Rescue and two Port Macquarie policemen.

The drama began on the afternoon of May 24, 1999, when five Sea Rescue members headed across the Hastings River bar in Rescue One in an effort to ferry supplies to two stranded yachts.

Rescue One however lost power in the high seas and overturned, throwing the crew into the water.

Two other Sea Rescue members went to their aid in the group’s rubber duckie but this too was swamped, leaving it up to Senior Constables Tony Long and Jason Bryant who commandeered another rubber duckie and eventually rescued all the crew in a dramatic hour witnessed by hundreds along the shore.

Port Macquarie Sea Rescue’s rubber duckie was eventually washed up but Rescue One was last seen on May 26 1999, 18 miles off the coast south of Forster. Sea Rescue members presumed the boat had eventually been hit and sunk by a ship.

That is until Monday when Bryan Stewart of Oxley Insurance Brokers in Port Macquarie took a call from a Mackay resident who said the hull of a boat – identified as Rescue One by the writing still visible on the side – had been brought in to a Mackay beach by a Queensland survey boat.

The survey boat had been travelling north when the crew noticed the hull of a boat floating out to sea about 110 km south-east of Mackay.

They winched it aboard.

On arriving at their destination near Mackay, they obtained permission to dump it on a harbour wall where it was noticed by a pensioner, keen to salvage what was left.

He then contacted another Mackay resident, who on closer inspection noticed the partial names of “Oxley Insurance Brokers” and “Port Rescue”, the only writing still visible under layers of barnacles.

Using investigative skills that would make any detective proud, the resident rang Telstra to see if there was a listing for an Oxley Insurance Brokers in Port Macquarie and soon found himself talking to Mr Stewart.

“I was just nonplussed when he rang and thought ‘is he for real?’,” said Mr Stewart, who is still amazed the boat has turned up so far away from where it sank.

Mr Stewart is now waiting to hear from the insurance company, which is the boat’s legal owner after paying out on it more than 18 months ago, to see if the pensioner can salvage it.

There is nothing left of the boat above the hull but amazingly the engines are still attached, although the boat itself “smells pretty bad”.

For Port Macquarie Sea Rescue, the boat’s discovery is wonderful news.

“We’re so pleased about it because we had that boat for 13 years and were very attached to it,” said president Ron Isaacs.

“For the people of Port Macquarie it was a lifesaving vessel and to see it maybe rejuvenated makes us very happy.”

https://www.portnews.com.au/story/982598/rescue-boat-found-1400kms-away/


 

Police service top honour

The award, which is for acts of unselfish heroism, is presented to only one serving policeman a year. It was Sen. Const. Bryant’s role in last year’s dramatic Hastings River rescue that gained him the honour, the latest of many he has received.

In fading light and huge seas, Sen. Const Bryant, along with Sen. Const Tony Long, utilised an inshore rescue boat to continually enter the most hazardous section of the bar and rescue members of the Port Macquarie Sea Rescue group who had been thrown from their boat.

He received his citation during the Northern Region and Port Macquarie Local Area Command Medals and Awards Ceremony held at Port Macquarie Police Station.

The Peter Stuckey Mitchell Medal, one of the state’s most prestigious citations and given to only one serving member of the NSW Police Service each year was presented to Sen. Con Bryant by Northern Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Peter Walsh.

Sen. Const. Bryant said he was most honoured to receive the award.

https://www.portnews.com.au/story/982767/police-service-top-honour/


 

Efforts beyond the call of duty are recognised

But to work colleagues and the general community the awards signify just praise for deeds which go far beyond those of the normal course of a job.

More than 100 serving and former NSW Police officers, police administration staff, members of the community and family and friends were at the Port Macquarie Police Station for the awards.

It was the last official award ceremony for Port Macquarie Local Area Commander Superintendent Jim Cranna, who is retiring in January.

2000 Peter Stuckey Mitchell Award: Senior Constable Jason Bryant.

National Medal: Inspector Bruce Simons, Sergeant John Carrero, Senior Constable Alan McCulloch, Detective Senior Constable Dean Rutledge.

National Medal Clasp: Superintendent James Cranna (2nd Clasp).

Northern Region Commendations/Awards/Merits: Senior Constable Grant Christensen (Commendation and Award), Senior Constable Philip O’Reilly (Award), Senior Constable Brian Powick (Merit Certificate), Senior Constable Stephen Bate (Merit Certificate).

Mid North Coast Local Area Command – Merit Certificates: Senior Constable John Casey, Senior Constable Michael Prott, Senior Constable Jason Bentley, Senior Constable Craig Hargraves.

Certificate of Service: Former Sergeant Kevin John Tant, former Sergeant Gary Thornton, former Parking Patrol Officer Franziska Thornton.

Mid North Coast Local Area Command – Merit Certificates (Civilian): Benedict Crute Morgan, Matthew John Hollis, Tarmia Jane Burgess.

Mid North Coast Local Area Command – Certificates of Appreciation: Peter Taylor, Anthony Crowe, Glen Blacklock, Geoffrey Salt, Dennis Fawell, Robert Holley, Jamie Vogele, Anthony Blackman, Geoffrey Shelton, Ken Fletcher, Ronald Halling, Sean Sinden.

Mid North Coast Local Area Command – Merit Certificates (Administration Officers): Carolyn Matthews, Gloria Decker.

Volunteers in Policing – Certificate and Badge: Keith Barton, Lynette Watson, Michael Schooley.

https://www.portnews.com.au/story/981784/efforts-beyond-the-call-of-duty-are-recognised/


 

 

 

Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.

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Cal
18 January 2022


 

 




David John MAINSBRIDGE

David John MAINSBRIDGE

AKA 

Late of 

 

NSW Goulburn Police Academy –  Class #  282 ( DPP 08 )

 

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  35880

 

Service:  From 8 January 2001   to   10 December 2020  =  19 years 11 months, 2 days Service

 

Rank:  Commenced Training at Goulburn Police Academy on Monday  8 January 2001

Probationary Constable- appointed Friday  4 May 2001

Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed ? ? ? 

Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( NO )

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ? 

Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

 

Final Rank =  Senior Constable – Resignation / Retirement

 

Stations?, Maitland HWP – Resignation / Retirement

 

Retirement / Leaving age: = ?

Time in Retirement from Police: 3 Months, 30 days

 

Awards:  No Find on Australian Honours system

 

 Born? ? 1960 – 61?

Died on:  Friday  9 April 2021 

Age:  60 years, 

 

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Collision, Motor Cycle Rider

Event location: M7 at Eastern Creek, NSW 

Event date:  Friday  9 April 2021 

 

Funeral date? ? ?

Funeral location? 

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any Future Wake location??? TBA 

any Future Wake date??? TBA

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( April 2021 )

 

 

 DAVID is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance  *NEED MORE INFO


 

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May they forever Rest In Peace

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Man dies after crash on M7 at Eastern Creek

Published: Friday, 9 April 2021 5:03 pm AEST

 

A man has died after his motorbike collided with another vehicle in Sydney’s west.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M7 at Eastern Creek following reports of a two-vehicle crash on Friday afternoon.

The rider of the motorcycle, a man aged in his 60s, died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Police established a crime scene and are investigating the crash.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Man dies after crash on M7 at Eastern Creek | 7NEWS.com.au


 

David John MAINSBRIDGE, David MAINSBRIDGE, Dave MAINSBRIDGE

DEADLY CRASH
A former NSW Police officer was killed in a motorbike crash this week.
David John MAINSBRIDGE, who resigned from the force in the face of intimidation and assault charges, died in the motorbike versus car smash on the M7 at Eastern Creek on Friday.
The driver of the car was uninjured.
The fatality came less than two weeks out from the retired senior constable having to front court for the domestic violence case that cost him his career.
He was due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on April 21.
The former Traffic and Highway Patrol officer was also charged in 2019 with unlawfully accessing the police records system a year earlier.


Mount Druitt Police Area Command

10 April 2021 @ 9.55am

A man has died following a two-vehicle crash at Eastern Creek this afternoon.
Just after 1pm today (Friday 9 April 2021), emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M7 near the Light Horse Interchange, Eastern Creek, following reports of a two-vehicle crash.
The rider of a motorcycle, a man, believed to be aged in his 60’s – died at the scene.
He is yet to be formally identified.
The driver of the second vehicle has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
Officers from Mount Druitt Police Area Command established a crime scene and have commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.
As investigations continue, the south-bound lanes of the M7 Motorway have been closed. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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April 9, 2021 4:05 pm AEST

Motorcyclist dies after crash

A man has died following a two-vehicle crash at Eastern Creek this afternoon.

Just after 1pm today (Friday 9 April 2021), emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M7 near the Light Horse Interchange, Eastern Creek, following reports of a two-vehicle crash.

The rider of a motorcycle, a man, believed to be aged in his 60’s – died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of the second vehicle has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Mount Druitt Police Area Command established a crime scene and have commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

As investigations continue, the south-bound lanes of the M7 Motorway have been closed. Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

For the latest traffic updates, go to livetraffic.com.au

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

Motorcyclist dies after crash | Mirage News

 


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NSW cop accused of DV assault faces court

 

Senior Constable David John Mainsbridge, 60, faced Maitland Local Court on Wednesday on 10 charges, including three assaults that caused actual bodily harm and three instances of intimidation.

The officer, who is attached to the traffic and highway patrol command, is also accused of unlawfully accessing the police records system in May 2018.

No plea was entered and the matter was adjourned to November 14 at Newcastle Local Court.

Mainsbridge remains on conditional bail preventing him from approaching his alleged victims.

NSW Police say the officer’s employment is under review pending the case’s outcome.

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NSW cop accused of DV assault faces court | Newcastle Herald | Newcastle, NSW


 

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Aaron David VIDAL

Aaron David VIDAL

AKA  AZZA 

Late of  ?

Son of Serving NSWPF Chief Inspector David VIDAL # 24342

 

NSW Goulburn Police Academy Class # 332

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  52214

 

Rank:  Commenced Training at Goulburn Academy on ? ? 2017?

Probationary Constable- appointed 8 December 2017 ( aged 26 years & 13 days )

Constable – appointed ? December 2018

Constable 1st Class – appointed 8 December 2019

 

Final Rank =  Constable 1st Class

 

StationsSydney City Police Area Command – Day St ( Pro Active Crime Team 2019 – 2020 )

 

Service:  From ? ? 2017?   to   18 June 2020  =  2 years, 6 months & 12 days Service

 

Employment prior to NSWPF:

Australian Regular Army – enlisted 2009 – aged 17

Served until 2013

2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Amphibious Light Infantry Unit

 

Police Awards:  No Find On Australian Honours

 

Born:  Wednesday  25 November 1991

Died on:  Thursday  18 June 2020

Age:  28 years, 6 months, 24 days

Cause:  MVA – Rider – Off Duty – Returning home from Duty – Not at Fault

 

Event location:   Schofields Road & Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, NSW

Event date:  Thursday  18 June 2020 about 5.45pm

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Funeral dateMonday  29 June 2020 @ 10am

Funeral locationSt Mary’s Cathedral,  College St, Sydney ( opposite Hyde Park ), NSW

  • All friends and former colleagues are invited to attend

 

 

Future Wake location??? TBA

( Due to current Govt. restrictions of 50 persons only at ‘Gatherings’,  there won’t be an immediate Wake )

Future Wake date???

( Due to current Govt. restrictions on ‘Gatherings’ due to Corona19 Virus Pandemic, some families may wish to have a Memorial Service / Wake with friends and family at a later date )

 

Funeral Parlour: ?

Buried at: ?

 

Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?

Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( June 2020 )

 

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A motorcyclist who died in a crash at Rouse Hill yesterday has been identified as a serving NSW police officer.

Constable Aaron Vidal, aged 28, was travelling home after completing his duties at Sydney City Police Area Command when he was struck by a utility about 5.45pm (Thursday 18 June 2020).

Constable Vidal attested as part of class ‘332’ on Friday 8 December 2017, after which he commenced duties as a probationary constable at Sydney City. He was confirmed as a constable in December 2018.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has extended his condolences to the Vidal family on behalf of the NSW Police Force.

“My thoughts are with Aaron’s family and fiancée, as well as his current and former colleagues at this difficult time,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“Aaron was one of six siblings and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, at Sydney City.

“Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat side-by-side with him.

“He spent his entire policing career at Sydney City Police Area Command, where he has been part of the Proactive Crime Team since late last year, targeting crimes that directly impact the community.

“On two occasions he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served.

“Prior to joining the police force, Aaron served in the Australian Army, which further demonstrates his commitment to serving and protecting the community,” Commissioner Fuller said.

Constable Vidal’s family has requested privacy at this time.

 


 

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Police officer’s family tragedy helps pave way for trauma support group

David Vidal is a shattered man.

In June last year his life changed forever.

“To lose a child it is a pain that’s impossible to describe to anyone unless you’ve gone through it yourself,” David told me.

 

 

David Vidal is a shattered man.

In June last year his life changed forever.

“To lose a child it is a pain that’s impossible to describe to anyone unless you’ve gone through it yourself,” David told me.

David Vidal and his son Aaron were both in the New South Wales Police Force. (A Current Affair)
David Vidal and his son Aaron were both in the New South Wales Police Force. (A Current Affair)

 

The father of six is a Chief Inspector in the New South Wales Police Force.

His son, Aaron, followed in his father’s footsteps.

“To stand by him side-by-side in the uniform of the New South Wales Police was one of the proudest days of my life,” David remembers.

Aaron died when his motorbike collided with another vehicle. (A Current Affair)
Aaron died when his motorbike collided with another vehicle. (A Current Affair)

 

After serving his country in the army, Aaron fulfilled his dream – to wear the blue uniform.

“I knew he was going to be an amazing policeman … he had the qualities that you look for in a cop,” David said.

“I fully expected if I was in the police force long enough that he’d end up being my boss – he had the most enormous potential.”

Aaron Vidal and his fiancé Jess. (A Current Affair)
Aaron Vidal and his fiancé Jess. (A Current Affair)

 

Aaron was riding his motorcycle home after a night shift when he was hit by a car and killed.

“In that split second my life changed forever – my family’s life changed forever,” David told me through his tears.

“It was like a part of me had been torn from me.”

Aaron and his fiancé Jess were due to be married but had to defer because of COVID-19.

Aaron Vidal's son Etzio was born after Aaron died.
Aaron Vidal’s son Etzio was born after Aaron died.

 

But they started their family.

Etzio was born after Aaron died.

“Not much positive has come out of COVID,” David said.

“But that’s one thing we are thankful for because otherwise we wouldn’t have Aaron’s son … my grandson.

“Etzio is our living part of Aaron that we still have.”

Aaron died when his motorbike collided with a car driven by Tommy Balla.

Balla pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

 

Aaron Vidal died when his motorbike collided with a car driven by Tommy Balla.
Aaron Vidal died when his motorbike collided with a car driven by Tommy Balla.

 

Judge Stephen Hanley heard he turned in front of Aaron’s motorbike.

But the court also heard the 28-year-old police officer had allegedly breached road rules by illegally lane filtering.

David has been at Balla’s every court appearance.

“The court process was very hard in a lot of aspects,” he said.

“Obviously hearing about the circumstances as to how your son is killed is difficult to hear, no matter how it happens.”

David Vidal. (A Current Affair)
David Vidal. (A Current Affair)

 

“We’re not looking for vengeance or revenge, we’re looking for justice.”

Facing 10 years in prison – Balla was sentenced to a two-year Intensive Corrections Order – no jail time.

On Friday the case is back before Judge Hanley to determine if Balla qualifies for home detention.

The Vidal family is determined to make a difference and is now helping establish a Road Trauma Victims Support Group to help others better understand the legal process.

“This is really a dire need … there needs to be much more support out there to help victims,” David said.

“They are already going through massive trauma, but to be further traumatised by the process is terrible, we can’t allow that to happen.

Aaron Vidal. (A Current Affair)
Aaron Vidal. (A Current Affair)

 

“(As a police officer) I’ve told parents that their child’s never coming home, and I’ve walked away.

“Whilst I felt their pain, I could never really understand their pain and now that I’ve gone through it, I know that nobody can understand that pain unless you’ve gone through it yourself.”

The support group is the brainchild of the Highway Patrol’s Crash Investigation Unit boss, Katie Orr.

“I started to think, how do we support these families,” she told me.

“And how do we help the police support these families (with) the ongoing trauma – I guess the police as well – we’re all human, have families, have children.”

She’s seen proof the support group is empowering families impacted by road trauma.

“We had our first Road Trauma Support Group meeting in March this year and we had about 40 families.”

The Vidal’s know nothing will ease their pain, but they want to ensure others facing the same trauma get the support they need.

They want that to be Aaron’s legacy.

“As hard as it is to do all this and it is hard because I’m still grieving – I do it for Aaron, so that his death is not in vain,” David said.

As David showed me a beautiful photograph of his grandson, I asked him: “what happens if Etzio, one day, says to his grandfather, ‘I want to be a policeman’?”

“I’d be really proud,” David replied.

“I’m sure Aaron would be too.”

For more information about the Road Trauma Support Group visit: https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-victims-of-road-trauma?source_location=topic_page

 

 

NSW Police Force Chief Inspector David Vidal’s tragedy after son’s death helps establish Road Trauma Victims Support Group

 

 

Over 1,000 people are killed on the road and over 40,000 people admitted to hospital annually in Australia*. The numbers are getting worse, not better. It’s time for change. This is an open letter to the NSW Government, the Australian Federal Government, The Director of Public Prosecutions NSW and the Insurance Council of Australia.

As the voice of families who have experienced road trauma we are seeking change. Too many people die on the roads through the criminal act of another. It is our vision that no more families will ever experience the death of a loved one in this way.

The Road Trauma Support Group NSW Australia petition for the following 7 reforms:

1. New language: We seek a new language for reporting road crime. Firstly, the term ‘accident’, risks making crashes seem inevitable and unavoidable. Most often these are NOT accidents but collisions that could have been avoided. Secondly, call it what it is consistently – road deaths caused by a criminal act of another should be called Vehicular Manslaughter or in extreme cases Vehicular Homicide.

2. Stronger deterrent: Stop being soft on road killers and repeat offenders. When a person is killed by a criminal act of another on the road a recommended sentence of at least 5 years with an increase of the maximum sentence to 25 years consistent with the current maximum penalty for manslaughter. Licences are a privilege not a right. People who cause death on the road or have been proven unfit to drive should lose their license for a minimum of 10 years and then they should have to prove they have not committed any offences and have completed traffic offender courses/Victim impact panels.

3. Reform legislation: Urgent Change is needed to the legislative system to ensure justice is served. Greater emphasis should be made to ensure that the judiciary is NOT to give greater weight to the impact on or welfare of the offender over the victims. The Judiciary must consider in their judgement in detail the impact upon the living victims.

4. Support for victims: Formal recognition that every road death leaves behind many living victims. These victims need to be recognised and supported in their grief and assisted through their trauma. Currently perpetrators of road crime get treated better than victims of road crime. The impacts of their illegal acts not only cause death but also a tidal wave of trauma and destruction through families and our community. The knock on ripple effect is widespread and costly.

5. Overhaul of CTP Insurance system: The current CTP system is ineffective, outdated and cruel for people undergoing a traumatic event. We propose a review of current mechanisms in place to support all victims of road crime.

6. Victim Impact Panels: Mandatory attendance for all DUI and repeat road offenders at Victim Impact Panels. The purpose of the Victim Impact Panel (VIP) program is to help drunk and drugged and repeat driving offenders to recognise and internalise the lasting and long-term effects of dangerous and substance-impaired driving. The objective is to create an empathy and understanding of the tragedy, leave a permanent impression that leads to changes in thinking and behaviour and prevents future offences. The right ripple effect.

7. Education: More needs to be done to prevent and manage road crime. Firstly, this means better educating internal stakeholders such as the Police, DPP and Judiciary regarding managing road crime and road trauma victims.  Secondly, making road responsibilities and the impact of road crime a formal part of the education process of our youth, driver’s licence applicants and repeat traffic offenders.

* 1,125 deaths in last 12 months to May 2021, 2.4% up on previous 12 months. Source: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development and Communications. Australian Road Deaths Database.

Petition · Justice for victims of road trauma · Change.org

 


 

 

Dead NSW off-duty police officer an expectant father

A motorcyclist who died in a crash in Sydney’s north-west has been identified as an off-duty police officer who was expecting his first child.

NSW Police constable Aaron Vidal, 28, died on Thursday afternoon after he was struck by a ute in Rouse Hill while travelling home from work.

He leaves behind a pregnant fiancée.

Police alleged in court that 37-year-old Tommy Balla drove the ute through a red light at an intersection.

Balla appeared in Blacktown Local Court on Friday on charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was granted conditional bail preventing him from driving a motor vehicle and is due to appear before the same court on August 14.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in a statement Constable Vidal had been recognised within the force for his commitment to protecting the community.

“On two occasions, he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served,” Mr Fuller said in the statement on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said Constable Vidal worked alongside his father David, a duty officer, at the Day Street Police Station in Sydney’s CBD.

Constable Vidal had been confirmed as a constable in December 2018 and was attached to the force’s “proactive crime team“.

“He was a man of service – he was a member of the armed forces before he joined the police force and really, a 28-year-old young man on the journey of life,” Mr Loy said.

“There’s a lot of people around that young lady [Constable Vidal’s fiancée] today, also his father, and he has five other siblings – so it’s a big family.

“Police deal with tragedy and trauma but when we lose a young officer in really such a wasteful way in some respects … it really hits us in the heart.”

Police Minister David Elliott said Constable Vidal‘s passing left a significant mark on the police community.

“Mr Vidal was a dearly valued and loved member of the Sydney City Police Area Command since graduating in 2017, and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal,” Mr Elliott said in a statement.

“Both had previously served in the Australian Army and, as proud veterans, continued to serve the community as members of the NSW Police Force.”

Dead NSW off-duty police officer an expectant father


 

Ute driver bailed over crash that killed young NSW police officer

A ute driver accused of running a red light before hitting and killing a young police officer in Sydney’s north-west has been released on bail.
Tommy Balla, 37, was turning onto Schofields Road from Windsor Road in Rouse Hill during evening peak last night when he knocked constable Aaron Vidal off his motorbike.
Paramedics were called but the 28-year-old officer died at the scene.

Tommy Balla, 37, has been charged with negligent driving and dangerous driving occasioning death. (Supplied)
Tommy Balla, 37, has been charged with negligent driving and dangerous driving occasioning death. (Supplied)

On the beat - Mr Vidal (right) with a colleague ( his father - David ) from the Sydney City Police Area Command. (NSW Police)
On the beat – Mr Vidal (right) with a colleague ( his father – David ) from the Sydney City Police Area Command. (NSW Police)

Mr Balla wasn’t injured in the crash but is now facing charges of dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning death.
The father of two told the court he believes the traffic lights were amber, not red, when he made the turn.
Police colleagues have today paid tribute to the slain officer.
Mr Vedal worked at Sydney City Police Area Command alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vedal, since graduating as a police officer in 2017.

Mr Balla, a father to two young children, has been released on bail. (Supplied)
Mr Balla, a father to two young children, has been released on bail. (Supplied)

The 37-year-old told police he believes the traffic lights were amber, not red, when he made the turn. (Supplied)
The 37-year-old told police he believes the traffic lights were amber, not red, when he made the turn. (Supplied)

He had been involved with the force’s “proactive crime team”, which investigated criminal activity in the inner city and monitored street protests.
“He was a man of service – he was a member of the armed forces before he joined the police force and really, a 28-year-old young man on the journey of life,” Police Deputy Commissioner Jeff Loy said.
Mr Vedal had been planning his wedding with his fiancée.

Mr Vidal pictured with his fiancee. The couple had been planning their upcoming wedding. (NSW Police)
Mr Vidal pictured with his fiancée. The couple had been planning their upcoming wedding. (NSW Police)

The scene of the crash where Mr Vidal was killed yesterday. A ute driver has now been charged. (9News)
The scene of the crash where Mr Vidal was killed yesterday. A ute driver has now been charged. (9News)

“There’s a lot of people around that young lady (Const. Vidal’s fiancée) today, also his father, and he has five other siblings – so it’s a big family,” Deputy Commissioner Loy said.
“Police deal with tragedy and trauma but when we lose a young officer in really such a wasteful way in some respects … it really hits us in the heart.”
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller also offered his condolences to Mr Vidal’s family.
“My thoughts are with Aaron’s family and fiancée, as well as his current and former colleagues at this difficult time,” Mr Fuller said in a statement.
“Aaron was one of six siblings and worked alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, at Sydney City.

Mr Vidal with his fiancee. The family has requested privacy as they grieve. (NSW Police)
Mr Vidal with his fiancée. The family has requested privacy as they grieve. (NSW Police)

Mr Vidal served in the army before joining the NSW Police Force. (NSW Police)
Mr Vidal served in the army before joining the NSW Police Force. (NSW Police)

 

“Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat side-by-side with him.”
Mr Fuller said Mr Vidal had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the public twice during his short career, which “shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served”.
Before joining the NSW Police Force, Mr Vidal served in the Australian Army.
https://www.9news.com.au/national/rouse-hill-crash-motorcyclist-identified-as-nsw-police-officer-aaron-vidal-ute-driver-charged/7cafba78-c8bf-4bbd-82b9-4d462c0259e5

19 June 2020  at 6:51 PM
Police officer Aaron Vidal killed in Rouse Hill crash

Rouse Hill: Police, in their own words, are hurting tonight after a promising young officer was killed in a crash on his way home from work.

Remembered as an ‘outstanding’ young man, Aaron Vidal followed in his father’s footsteps, dedicating his life to the force.

The driver who hit the 28-year-old has been charged accused of running a red light.

More: 7news.link/3fA5xZp

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Part of the sales team at Ray White Castle Hill<br /> Joined February 2015 Aaron VIDAL
Part of the sales team at Ray White Castle Hill
Joined February 2015 Aaron VIDAL


Do The Work or Pay Later & we Remember Aaron Vidal

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Do The Work or Pay Later is the message in almost all things but it doesn’t make sense until it’s to late let’s chat tonight and passively see how we are going in life as we head into the weekend.
Also tonight we shall be giving a minutes silence for the Thin Blue Line of the loss of Aaron Vidal former soldier turned Cop along side his father David like so many soldiers do.
Aaron RIP
Lest We Forget.
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FAREWELL TO AARON VIDAL

Police lined the streets and crowds stood outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Monday for the funeral of 28-year-old police officer Constable Aaron Vidal from Bligh Park.

The father-to-be died after his motorbike was involved in a crash at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields roads just before 5.45pm on Thursday, June 18 on his way home from work.

His fiancée Jess Loh told mourners at the funeral that the couple were expecting a baby boy.

Channel 7 News reported that Aaron Vidal was an organ donor and two people will benefit from his gift of life.

The driver of the utility involved in the crash, a 37-year-old man from The Ponds has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning death.

Constable Vidal, worked at Sydney City Police Area Command alongside his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said: “Dave has always been incredibly proud of his son following in his footsteps and walking the beat sideby – side with him.”

Constable Vidal was part of class ‘332’ and started duties as a probationary constable at the Day Street Police Station in December 2017. He was confirmed as a constable in December 2018.

He joined the Proactive Crime Team at the end of last year, targeting crimes that directly impact the community.

Commissioner Fuller said: “On two occasions he had been formally recognised for good police work by members of the community, which shows that he was held in high regard by not only his peers, but the community he served.”

“Prior to joining the police force, Aaron served in the Australian Army, which further demonstrates his commitment to serving and protecting the community,” he said.

FAREWELL TO AARON VIDAL

Family Stripped Of Life After Cop’s Death

The four-year Army veteran’s motorcycle was hit by a car driven by wannabe rapper Tommy Balla, who had run a red light.

PARRAMATTA, Australia — As a police officer, David Vidal has seen many bodies, but he cannot rid himself of the moment he had to identify his high-achieving son.

“That image of Aaron on the table, lying with his life and soul squeezed out of him, replays in my head again and again,” said Vidal, Chief Inspector, to Parramatta District Court on June 4. “I cannot burn that from my memory.”

Constable Aaron Vidal, an expectant father in his dream career alongside his father in the New South Wales Police Force, was killed on his way home from work in June 2020.

The four-year Army veteran’s motorcycle was hit by a car driven by wannabe rapper Tommy Balla, who had run a red light in an intersection in Sydney’s Hills District.

Josephine Vidal, Jessica Loh and Chief Inspector David Vidal speak to reporters about the death of Constable Aaron Vidal outside Parramatta District Court in Sydney, Friday, June 4, 2021. (AAP Image/Luke Costin) NO ARCHIVING
Josephine Vidal, Jessica Loh and Chief Inspector David Vidal speak to reporters about the death of Constable Aaron Vidal outside Parramatta District Court in Sydney, Friday, June 4, 2021. (AAP Image/Luke Costin)

“I know he did not do it with intention (of killing Aaron),” he said. “But no one on the roads today does not know the potential running a red light could and, in this case, did have.”

Vidal told the court how his son’s death stripped him of his best friend and passion for policing.

Vidal’s mother lost a piece of her soul. His broken-hearted younger sister forfeited her empathy while a younger brother was robbed of his best man at a future wedding.

Jessica Loh, widowed by the crash, said her life of excitement had turned to a daily struggle, as she cares for their baby born after the crash.

She recalled receiving a doctor’s call confirming the gender of her baby minutes after saying goodbye to her husband at a funeral home.

Father-of-two Tommy Balla (centre) leaves Parramatta District Court in Sydney, Friday, June 4, 2021. Balla faced a sentence hearing after pleading guilty to dangerous driving occasioning the death of Aaron Vidal, a police constable on his way from work to his pregnant fiancee at home. (AAP Image/Luke Costin)
Father-of-two Tommy Balla (centre) leaves Parramatta District Court in Sydney, Friday, June 4, 2021. Balla faced a sentence hearing after pleading guilty to dangerous driving occasioning the death of Aaron Vidal, a police constable on his way from work to his pregnant fiancee at home. (AAP Image/Luke Costin)

Her last message from Vidal came minutes before he died.

“Got out early, babe, jumping on the bike now,” he texted.

But, uncharacteristically, he never showed up, said Loh.

“I called and messaged repeatedly but still no response.”

A check of a traffic website sparked her worst nightmare before she drove to the crash site.

“I kept repeating, ‘Hang in there, babe, I will be there soon,” she said.

While police officers would not tell her if he was OK, she quickly saw the answer for herself; the constable’s body in the wreckage, his bloodied bag on the ground nearby.

“I felt numb, sick, and empty,” she said. “I started thinking I would lose our baby next.”

The “violent and meaningless tragedy” left her envious of those in her mothers’ group who had husbands to go home to, she said.

“I have a beautiful baby boy, and I am very happy to have him in my life,” she said. “But with each exciting milestone, there’s a reminder of what’s missing.”

Balla, 38, who broke down in tears when the court adjourned for lunch, is due to be sentenced later on June 4.

As per the National Road Safety Strategy reports, there have been 1107 deaths by road accidents in Australia.

(Edited by Vaibhav Vishwanath Pawar and Saptak Datta)

Family Stripped Of Life After Cop’s Death – Zenger News

Tommy Balla could be spared jail time for causing crash that killed young cop Aaron Vidal

A man is set to be spared jail time for causing a devastating collision that killed a beloved young police officer and father-to-be last year.

Constable Aaron Vidal died when his motorcycle slammed into the ute driven by Tommy Balla, who had run a red light at Rouse Hill in Sydney’s northwest on June 18, 2020.

Constable Vidal, 28, had just finished a shift in the city and was riding home to his pregnant fiancee Jessica Loh when his life was cut tragically short.

Constable Aaron Vidal and Tommy Balla.
Constable Aaron Vidal and Tommy Balla.

Balla, 38, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and told Constable Vidal’s family during a hearing at Parramatta District Court last month he would never forgive himself.

Facing 10 years in jail, Judge Stephen Hanley on Monday sentenced him to a two-year prison term to be served in the community by way of an intensive corrections order.

But the court heard Balla first needs to pass a home detention application in order to avoid the jail time. If unsuccessful he will serve his sentence behind bars.

The judgment came after Judge Hanley found Constable Vidal had himself breached the road rules by illegally lane filtering just before he hit the side of Balla’s Mitsubishi Triton as it turned across Windsor Road.

Constable Vidal with his father and fellow officer, Chief Inspector David Vidal.
Constable Vidal with his father and fellow officer, Chief Inspector David Vidal.

The court heard witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle moving “fast” past several stationary cars stopped at the intersection, travelling at up to 50 to 60km/h.

Judge Hanley said the speed limit for lane filtering – an “inherently dangerous” manoeuvre – was 30km/h and as a police officer Constable Vidal should have known better.

“I’m satisfied the (crash) would not have occurred if the victim was observing the rules … and in that sense contributed to the collision,” he said.

The court heard the young cop, however, was faced with a green light and was entitled to believe no vehicle would be illegally travelling across the intersection. The speed limit on Windsor Road is 80km/h.

Tommy Balla was on a call using his car’s wireless Bluetooth system when he ran a red light and killed a young police officer. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker
Tommy Balla was on a call using his car’s wireless Bluetooth system when he ran a red light and killed a young police officer. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker

Balla proceeded to turn across the “very busy” intersection at peak hour onto Schofields Road two seconds after the turning arrow had turned red, the court heard.

He claimed not to have noticed the red lights and said in his police interview he believed it was still amber.

At the time the father-of-two was speaking on the phone via Bluetooth and had his 21-month-old child in the front passenger seat.

Judge Hanley said Constable Vidal’s “tragic and unnecessary death … occurred as a result of (Balla’s) inattentiveness”.

He accepted Balla was “sincerely and profoundly” remorseful and had been living “in his own prison” due to serious mental health issues and public humiliation from media reporting.

“I accept he has excellent prospects of rehabilitation and I would be very surprised if he reoffended,” he said.

There was no evidence Balla was affected by drugs or alcohol, and he had a good driving record, the court heard.

Judge Hanley said the crash occurred in a “split second” and found neither Balla nor Constable Vidal would have seen each other coming.

hief Inspector David Vidal and partner of Aaron Vidal, Jessica Loh, arrive at court on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker
Chief Inspector David Vidal and partner of Aaron Vidal, Jessica Loh, arrive at court on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dylan Coker

Constable Vidal had followed his father, Chief Inspector David Vidal, into the NSW Police force in 2017 after previously serving in the Australian Army.

The father and son worked together at Day Street police station in the CBD at the time of Constable Vidal’s death.

At the time he was excitedly expecting the birth of his first child, a boy named Etzio, and was engaged to be married to his soulmate Ms Loh.

Judge Hanley said Constable Vidal’s family had suffered “immeasurable pain” from the loss of a “larger than life” young man who brightened every life he touched.

He said Balla’s family had also become “innocent victims” in the fallout from the crash, saying there were “no winners” from the tragic incident.

Balla has been granted bail as he awaits the outcome of his home detention assessment.

Aaron Vidal: Tommy Balla could be spared jail for crash that killed young police officer

Aaron Vidal’s fiancee Jessica Loh and father Chief Inspector David Vidal embrace at the constable’s funeral at St Mary's Cathedral. Picture: Rohan Kelly
Aaron Vidal’s fiancee Jessica Loh and father Chief Inspector David Vidal embrace at the constable’s funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral. Picture: Rohan Kelly


‘Aaron was my hero’: Family mourns police officer killed in crash as motorist assessed for home detention

By Sarah McPhee and Laura Chung
Updated

The family of a police officer who was killed when a motorist ran a red light and hit the father-to-be say they will feel the loss of their son, husband and friend for the rest of their lives.

It’s been just over a year since Constable Aaron Vidal, 28, suffered fatal injuries in a crash with a Mitsubishi Triton ute at the intersection of Windsor and Schofields roads in Rouse Hill. Tradesman Tommy Balla, 38, had run a red light. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death.

Chief Inspector David Vidal and his son’s fiancée Jessica Loh outside the court on Monday.Credit:Nick Moir
Chief Inspector David Vidal and his son’s fiancée Jessica Loh outside the court on Monday.  Credit: Nick Moir

On Monday, Parramatta District Court heard Balla would be assessed to serve two years’ imprisonment in home detention, with Judge Stephen Hanley describing him as profoundly remorseful and living “in his own prison”.

Balla had made a “split-second decision” to proceed into the intersection, which was a “misjudgement”, Judge Hanley said.

“If he’s not suitable for a home detention order, he’ll have to serve a term of imprisonment of two years,” he said.

Outside court, Chief Inspector David Vidal, who held a photo of his son, linked arms with Constable Vidal’s fiancee, Jessica Loh, as the pair told reporters, through tears, that they continued to feel the loss of him every day.

“We’re heartbroken and devastated as we were a year ago when we lost Aaron,” Chief Inspector Vidal said. “And we will continue to [feel this way] for the rest of our lives. Aaron was my hero.

“His parents are heartbroken, his siblings are heartbroken, his fiancee is heartbroken, his friends and his colleagues are heartbroken. Probably worst of all, he leaves behind a son he will never know.”

Chief Inspector Vidal said his son had dedicated his short life to protecting others and serving his country: first in the Australian Army and then in the NSW Police Force, where they worked alongside each other at Sydney City police area command.

He added that, while nothing could bring his son back, more needed to be done to support victims of road trauma. He called on the NSW government and community to introduce better education programs, judicial reform to increase prison sentences for offenders, and increased support for the loved ones of victims of road trauma.

Ms Loh said the couple’s son had got her through the last year, but she wished Constable Vidal had been alive to see him.

Chief Inspector Vidal added they would do everything they could to ensure Constable Vidal’s son knew what “an incredible human being Aaron was”.

Ms Loh told Balla’s sentence hearing last month she had been waiting for her partner to arrive home but checked a traffic website and raced to the crash site, where he had died.

After farewelling her partner in the funeral home, she received a call confirming the gender of their baby and went back inside to hold his hand and tell him they would be having a boy.

Balla said he had learnt a “very cruel life lesson … that things can change rapidly for the worst” and his actions are a “haunting reality”.

“Knowing Mr Vidal will never experience the joy of becoming a father hurts me the most,” he said, adding that Ms Loh had given birth to “a baby boy he will never get to meet because of me”.

“I do not ask or expect forgiveness … as I will never forgive myself.”

Judge Hanley on Monday said the statements given had been a “deeply moving and emotional experience” and no one present was unaffected by the “substantial loss”, which for Constable Vidal’s family is “immeasurable and everlasting”.

The judge said after watching dashcam footage of the crash, the right-hand turn traffic light from Windsor Road into Schofields Road had turned from amber to red, and was red for approximately two seconds before Balla crossed the solid white line and entered the intersection. Constable Vidal entered from the other direction on a green light and collided with the side of the ute as it turned.

Judge Hanley said, based on witness accounts and the footage, the victim was attempting to get in front of a stationary vehicle on his motorcycle and “most likely lane filtering in a speed and manner in breach of the road rules”.

But despite his manner of driving, the off-duty police officer was “entitled to believe there would be no vehicle illegally traversing” across Windsor Road.

The judge said the “tragic and unnecessary death” occurred as a result of Balla’s inattentiveness. However, he was satisfied he did not deliberately or intentionally ignore the red light warnings.

He was further satisfied the collision would not have occurred if the victim was observing the specific road rules around lane filtering, at a speed of 30km/h or less, but reiterated Balla caused the fatal crash by illegally crossing the intersection in circumstances dangerous to other road users.

The judge believed Balla was profoundly remorseful, to a level rarely seen in his more than four-decade career in law, and was satisfied he had excellent prospects for rehabilitation.

“I would be surprised if he ever reoffended,” the judge said, adding that Balla “will remain in his own prison … unless he can find a way out”.

Judge Hanley hoped all of those affected “will not be anchored to this for the rest of their lives”.

The judge convicted Balla, who remains on bail, and ordered a home detention assessment, with the intention of imposing a two-year intensive correction order to commence when the part-heard sentence returns to court in August.

Aaron Vidal: Family mourns police officer killed in crash as motorist Tommy Balla assessed for home detention

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Peter Clifford Neal MATHEWS

Peter Clifford Neal MATHEWS

AKA  ?

Late of Lambs Valley, NSW

‘passed’ whilst returning home from the 10th annual Police Wall To Wall Ride for Remembrance – 2019.  We lost a VicPol member on the 9th Ride in 2018

NSW Redfern Police Academy Class #  172

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   19717

Rank:  Initial Training – commenced 25 May 1981

Probationary Constable – appointed 14 August 1981

Constable 1st Class – appointed 29 August 1986 * 2 weeks loss of Seniority

Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?

Final Rank = Inspector

 

Stations?, Maroubra, Newcastle, Hunter Region SWOS, S.O.Gs – Maitland, Central Hunter L.A.C. – Retirement

Service:  From 25 May 1981  to 29 September 2008 =  27+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 6 June 1997 ( SenCon )

Born Monday 23 August 1954

Died onMonday 16 September 2019 about 12.10pm

Age: 65 yrs  24 days

Cause: MVA – Rider – Private Motor Cycle -v- Private Motor Cycle from opposite direction

Event location: Bylong Valley Way, Bylong – north of Rylstone, NSW

Event date: Monday 16 September 2019 about 12.10pm

Funeral date: Thursday  26 September 2019 @ noon

Funeral location: St Peters Anglican Church, 47 William St, East Maitland, NSW

#in lieu of flowers, donations to NSW Farmers’ Drought Relief may be left at the church.

Wake location: TBA

Funeral Parlour: Fry Brothers – 02 4933 6155

Buried at: TBA

Memorial located at: TBA

Peter MATHEWS on the 2019 Wall to Wall Police Ride of Remembrance. Photo taken Sunday morning - 3 hours prior to losing Peter.
Peter MATHEWS on the 2019 Wall to Wall Police Ride of Remembrance.
Photo taken Monday morning – 3 hours prior to losing Peter.

 

Peter MATHEWS with Scott STEVENSON at the 2016 Wall to Wall Police Ride of Remembrance.
Peter MATHEWS with Scott STEVENSON ( # 24852 ) at the 2016 Wall to Wall Police Ride of Remembrance.

 

Peter Clifford Neal MATHEWS

Peter Clifford Neal MATHEWS

 

PETER is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


Funeral location: TBA


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May they forever Rest In Peace


 

One man has died and another is fighting for life after a motorcycle accident at Bylong

 

One man has been killed and another is fighting for life after a motorcycle crash at Bylong.

Police say just after midday yesterday a 65-year-old man was riding a motorcycle north along the Bylong Valley Way when he collided with another motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction.

Tragically the 65-year-old died at the scene.

The 54-year-old male rider of the other bike suffered internal injuries and was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District attended the scene and commenced an investigation.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner and investigations are continuing.

https://www.981powerfm.com.au/news/local-news/92812-one-man-has-died-and-another-is-fighting-for-life-after-a-motorcycle-accident-at-bylong


 

 1970’s Cadets.

R.I.P. PETER MATHEWS

Yesterday, Peter was tragically killed in a two motorcycle collision near RYLSTONE, NSW whilst returning from ‘The Annual WALL 2 WALL ride’.

A Dr Keith BRENNAN was on the scene with Peter receiving Emergency care by the subject doctor and fellow members of “The Newy Crew” who tried desperately to bring him home. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful with Peter passing away in the care of his mates…

Thoughts go out to his wife Kate & family

 

 

 


Ray Robinson
Tuesday 17 September 2019

Please take a minute to reflect on one of our ‘Retired Members’ who was tragically killed travelling home from the Wall to Wall Ride yesterday.

Our Brother is well known to some of our COM members.

RIP Peter Mathews. I am sure all of our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

From the NSW Police page.

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Bylong in the state’s Western Region today.

About 12.10pm (Monday 16 September 2019), a 65-year-old man was riding a motorcycle north on Bylong Valley Way when he collided with another motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction.

The 65-year-old man died at the scene; the 54-year-old male rider of the other motorbike suffered internal injuries and was airlifted to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District attended the scene and commenced an investigation.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Police Ode

As the sun surely sets: dawn will see it arise,

for service, above self, demands its own prize.

You have fought the good fight: life’s race has been run, and peace, your reward, for eternity begun.

And we that are left, shall never forget, rest in peace friend and colleague, for the sun has now set.

We will remember.

Hasten the dawn.


 

 

  • Larry Hoffman R.I.P. brother.
  • Stevenson Scott It was a tragic day, “The Newy Crew” will miss our brother and he will Rest in Peace, many members tried hard to try and get him home!!
    Sadly we were unable to help him….a wonderful friend and colleague.
    RIP Mate.  Peter MATHEWS …Love ALWAYS Tangles XO
  • Ray Robinson Thoughts are with you and the others who were at the scene Stevo. I will amend the post to include his name matey..
  • Robert Redfern Stevenson Scott thoughts with you all and the family.
    Rodger Newman Stevenson Scott. Kudos to the riders who were with him. A sad day indeed.
  • John Novak R.I.P.
  • David Crane RIP ????
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  • Chris Harriss R.I.P
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  • Peter Gould So bloody sad. Rest in Peace.
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  • Robert Redfern Terrible news. Never forgotten. Rest In Peace Peter.
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  • Peter J. Johnson Rest in Peace Brother.
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  • Rodger Newman RIP brother.
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  • Mal Brown Rest In Peace.
    Enjoy the highways you now ride.
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  • Les Cooper Very sad. Condolences to all. R.I.P.
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  • Jeff Rey RIP
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  • Vic Chin Rest in Peace
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  • Garry William Morgan Sad to hear, Rest in Peace ????
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  • Bijay Chand R.I.P.
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  • Rene Markerink R I P ????
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  • Graham Lovelace RIP
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  • Mark Jones Rest In Peace..
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  • Bill Whitlow Rest in peace Sir!
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  • Robert Norval Rest In Peace.
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  • Kris Dundee RIP
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  • Craig Price RIP Brother

 

  • Peter J. Johnson Rest in Peace Brother.
  • PG Bags RIP
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  • Eoin James Peters Sad news indeed. RIP.
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  • Russ Lang RIP
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  • Robert Carmody RIP Peter
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  • Steve Barnes RIP Peter
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  • Jim McCabe Thoughts and prayers.
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  • Don Roberts RIP Peter
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  • John Cooke RIP Pete my friend
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  • Neal White So sorry to read of another brother lost to us. All sunny rides now. RIP Peter.
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  • Mark Doubleday RIP brother in blue
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  • Bob Moran RIP
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  • Aloysious Thumb RIP Blue Brother
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  • Steve Papworth Rest in Peace
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  • Stuart Macpherson Shit
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  • Stuart Macpherson RIP Pete
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  • Rob McClennon Tragic News, RIP…
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  • Mark Góòdwin Very sad. Two years in a row now! Thoughts are with Peter’s family & his Newcastle riding buddies. RIP brother in blue.
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  • John Ludewig Sad time…really hits home when it is one of us….rest In Peace Pete!
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  • BIlly Joe RIP
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  • Brad Donald RIP brother
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  • Felicity Harley RIP…so tragic, again…
  • Jazza Jazzmania RIP

    Lee Howell:
    Way Too Sad after a great event focused on support and remembrance. RIP fellow rider and fellow brother in blue.

     

September 21, 2019
From the old Maroubra days through to the brilliant times I spent with you and beautiful Kate in Newcastle including bridesmaid at your wedding. So many wonderful memories of a genuine great bloke. Devastated.
All my love to Kate and the family.
Love Sue Kerr

https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/theherald-au/peter-clifford-neal-mathews-condolences/193953922?cid=full


 

MATHEWS, PETER CLIFFORD NEAL

aged 65 Years

of Lambs Valley

Dearly loved husband of KATE.

Much loved father of JOSHUA and KEIRRA, GABRIELLE and JON, SKYLA, and ELIZA.

Beloved brother and brother in law of KEVIN and HELEN, MAREE, SUE, JUDITH, COLIN and KAREN. Much loved member of the MATHEWS and MOORE families and dedicated, long serving Police Officer.

Family and friends are warmly invited to the Celebration of PETER’s life at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Williams St, East Maitland on THURSDAY, 26th September, 2019 at 12noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations to NSW Farmers’ Drought Relief may be left at the church.

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September 28, 2019

Peter was a good, kind and gentle man. A great Police Officer who I respected greatly. My deepest sympathies to his wife Kate and all his family.

Tony Morales

September 26, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Peters family and Police family, friends. I have very fond memories of working with Peter in Newcastle and the North West.

REST IN PEACE my friend.

Tony and Karen JEFFERSON.

September 26, 2019

Rest in peace Peter, you will be sadly missed. Condolences to Kate and family.

Michael Haller

September 25, 2019
Rest peacefully my old mate Peter. I will miss you mate and your friendship. You were a great husband, dad, son and cop. I loved working with you Pete as you never took a step backwards and had a heart like Pharlap. You always had our backs in Hunter Region SWOS and even everyday policing, especially helping you out with your multitude of important search warrants. I loved playing touch footy with you mate and we pulled the hell out a lot bigger guys in the tug -o- war at the Sydney police Olympics in 1988. You adored your beautiful wife Kate and your family. I hope they are all okay but am sure they are hurting terribly and missing you so much. Till we catch up again brother, rest well and be proud that you lived a wonderful life and was loved by all of us.
Your brother Dazza  x
https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/theherald-au/peter-clifford-neal-mathews-condolences/193953922?&eid=viewgb

Published in The Newcastle Herald on Sept. 21, 2019


 




Victor KOSTIUK

 Victor “Vic” KOSTIUK

Husband of Retired Member of Victoria Police – Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk

Father of Serving Victoria Police member – Detective Felix Kostiuk

Late of  ?

Victoria Police

Regd. #?

 

Rank: Detective Senior Sergeant

Final Rank = Detective Senior Sergeant

 

Stations: Somerville Family Violence Unit, Officer in Charge

ServiceFrom  1980  to  14th September = 38 years Service

 

Awards: National Medal (6th of September, 1995)

 

Born: Thursday, 5 February 1959

Died on: Friday, 14 September 2018 during the early afternoon

Age: 59

Cause: motor vehicle collision

 

Event location: Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley, Victoria

Event date: September 21st, 2018, commencing at 2.00 pm

 

Funeral date: TBA (private burial will follow)

Funeral location:  TBA

Wake location:  ?

Funeral Parlour:  Selwyn Allen All Faiths Funerals, 15 Derham Street, Mt Waverley, Victoria 3149 

Buried at:  TBA

 Memorial located at:  TBA

Victor Kostiuk

VICTOR is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance* NEED MORE INFO


 

 Funeral location TBA


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Proud police family mourn loss of veteran killed on memorial ride

15 September 2018 — 11:45am – by Joe Hinchliffe

Detective Senior Sergeant Victor ‘Vic’ Kostiuk died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction along the Princes Highway near Orbost on Friday.

Among those mourning the 59-year-old veteran officer are his son, Detective Felix Kostiuk – who was riding next to his father when he was hit – and his wife, retired Superintendent Pauline Kostiuk.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s immediate family asked for privacy. But his broader blue family in the Victoria Police remembered him as a leader in the fight against domestic violence who had much more to give.

Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk had been “chuffed” to be given a role at the head of the Somerville Family Violence Unit just a few months ago.

“He’s been a detective on-and-off throughout his career but it was a very big thing for him to again get to the rank of detective and have that in front of his senior sergeant rank,” Acting Chief Commissioner Patton said on Saturday.

“He’s been committed in the latter stages of his career to combating family violence and he’s become somewhat of an expert in family violence and very well respected.

“Victor was planning to be working for many more years to go, he had a much-unfinished business, especially in the family violence world, where he seemed to have a renewed lease of life and energy to achieve great outcomes.”


Victoria Police mourn Victor Kostiuk, one of their own killed on a charity motorcycle ride

15 September 2018 – 6:46pm – by Kathy Lord

Victoria Police is pleading with the public to obey the road rules after one of their own was killed in a charity motorcycle ride in honour of officers killed in the line of duty.

Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59, was riding alongside his son, also a police officer, in the Wall to Wall charity ride from Melbourne to Canberra when he was killed.

A car driving in the opposite direction on the Princes Highway east of Orbost, in far eastern Victoria, veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk’s motorcycle.

He and his son had been travelling about 10 minutes ahead of the main group of 300 riders.

Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton started the ride in Melbourne on Friday and told them to go safely.

He went through the police academy with the dead officer’s wife and said the family was in mourning.

“Clearly they’re shattered,” he said.

“Victor was a fantastic member of this organisation, a member for nearly 40 years.

“He was really chuffed just the other day to have been recently appointed back to the rank of detective senior sergeant, something he was particularly proud of.

“It’s a tremendous loss for Victoria Police.”

Source: TheNewDaily


Drugs involved in cop’s road death, court hears

17 September 2018 – 10:05pm – by Josh Fagan

The driver appeared in Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with culpable driving causing the death of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk, 59.

The crash happened on the Princes Highway at Cabbage Tree Creek, near Orbost, on Friday afternoon.

It is alleged the suspect veered onto the wrong side of the road and was travelling at 137kmh when he struck Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk, Seven News reported.

The court heard the suspect had earlier smoked ice, took Valium and drunk alcohol before getting a friend, 16, to blow into an interlock device before he took over driving, Seven News reported. Major Collision Investigation Unit Detective Phil Frith told Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court Mr Reid had had one hour’s sleep when he decided to drive back on Friday, Illawarra Mercury reported.

Mr Kostiuk was riding his motorcycle as part of the Wall to Wall ride in honour of fallen officers. His son, Detective Senior Sergeant Felix Kostiuk, was also among a motorcade of 300 motorbike riders who were due to arrive at the National Police Memorial in Canberra on Saturday.

Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said some of his last words to Det Sen-Sgt Kostiuk as he left on the memorial ride were “travel safely”.

Source: news.com.au.


Note: sometimes also spelled Kostuik.

Notices

KOSTIUK Victor
5 Feb, 1959 – 14 Sep, 2018.
Adored husband of Pauline, wife of 38 years. Devoted father and idol of Felix and perfect father-in-law of Nicole. Loved brother of Alex and Eleanore and inspirational uncle to many.

His mighty presence, passion and joyfulness have made the world a better place.

“Be the instrument of change”


KOSTIUK

A Service celebrating the life of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk will be held in the Chapel of the Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on Friday (September 21st, 2018) commencing at 2.00 pm. A Private Burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Victor to Police Legacy. Envelopes available at the Service.

POLICE HONOURS

Victoria Police


KOSTIUK. – Victor.

The President, Executive and Members of The Police Association mourn the passing of Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk and extend their deepest sympathy to his family.

At Rest





Stephen David Clifford PEPPERELL

Stephen David Clifford PEPPERELL

NSW Police Cadet # 2754

New South Wales Police Force

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  16054[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – commenced 6 December 1971

Probationary Constable – appointed 23 November 1973

Constable 1st Class – appointed 23 November 1978

Senior Constable – appointed 23 November 1982

Final Rank = Senior Constable – Death

Stations?, Tamworth ( 1980 – 1982 ), Kootingal ( 1982 – death ) ( 25 years at the ONE Station )

ServiceFrom  6 December 1971  to  ? ? 2007 = 36 years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 28 May 1990

1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 24 March 2000

Born:  23 November 1954

Died on? October 2007

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – Motor Cycle – Off Duty – Private cycle

Age:  53

Funeral date:  19 October 2007

Funeral location:  St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tamworth

Buried at?

 

PROUDLY REMEMBERED: Senior Constable Stephen Pepperell has been honoured with the unveiling of an official police memorial in Sydney. Photo: Supplied
PROUDLY REMEMBERED: Senior Constable Stephen Pepperell has been honoured with the unveiling of an official police memorial in Sydney. Photo: Supplied

Memorial: NSW Police force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, D34 ( left wall )

 

 

 [alert_blue]STEPHEN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * Not Job related

* BUT IS MENTIONED ON THE SYDNEY POLICE CENTRE, MEMORIAL WALL



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Big crowd farewells Kootingal policeman

Updated

Hundreds of people have packed St Paul’s Anglican Church in Tamworth, in north-west New South Wales, for the funeral today of long serving Kootingal policeman Steve Pepperell.

The crowd at this morning’s service was told of a family man who faced tragedy in his life, but who also made an enormous contribution to the police service since his induction in the early 1970s.

Senior Constable Pepperell was killed in a motorbike accident last week, sending shockwaves through the community he had served for many years.

The overflowing crowd watched the service on big screen TVs that had been placed outside the church.

The head of the Tamworth-based Oxley local area command, Tony Jefferson, says he remembers an officer who trained many young officers, who in turn have made a large contribution to the police service.

“He’d walk in here when he’d report to Tamworth with this devilish smirk on his face, and you’d never know what he’d been up to,” he said.

He says he will miss Senior Constable Pepperell’s roguish sense of humour.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-10-19/big-crowd-farewells-kootingal-policeman/703628

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“So we have a lot of respect and gratitude towards the police, and appreciation that after seven years they continue to remember Dad. It is a really nice tribute.”

It was also his work outside the force  made him a familiar face around Kootingal.

Senior Constable Pepperell  was member and president of the Kootingal Lions Club, president of Kootingal Bowling Club, a Group 4 referee and also an avid Harley-Davidson rider.

He continues to be honoured with the Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield football match, which is played annually in Kootingal and raises funds for the Cancer Council – a cause close to his heart after he suffered Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/3385934/kootingal-police-officer-honoured-on-memorial-plaque/

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2017 Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield Day
2017 Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield Day

 

2017 Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield Day
2017 Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield Day

 

 

KOOTINGAL-MOONBI TO HOST STEVE PEPPERELL SHIELD MEMORIAL DAY

 

The Kootingal-Moonbi rugby league club is calling on teams competing in Group 4 to pledge their support behind the, 2018 Steve Pepperell Shield Memorial Day.

The day honours Steve Pepperell’s tireless dedication to the community of Kootingal, with all proceeds from the day going to the New South Wales Cancer Council.

Prize money is up for grabs for the winner and runners-up. The fundraiser will be held on March 10.

http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/12/29/kootingal-moonbi-to-host-steve-pepperell-shield-memorial-day/

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Pepperell Shield biggest yet as second division gets into gear

GROUP 4 Second Division clubs have been converging on Kootingal for the past five years to play a bit of footy before the start of the season and raise some money for the Cancer Council.

The sixth Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield tomorrow will be one of the biggest yet with eight teams entered.

Even re-formed clubs Walcha and Boggabri have joined their new second division opponents is supporting the event, played in honour of the late Steve Pepperell.

Walcha and Boggabri meet in their first game of the day in an all-Kangaroo derby, before Walcha tackles Quirindi and Boggy faces Manilla.

All teams will play two games each and the winner will be the team with the best record for the day.

Werris Creek is the defending champion having won every trophy available to a second division club last season. With so many teams entered the day is a long one.

The first game is at 9am when Manilla tackles Bendemeer, with the last game to finish about 5.30pm before the presentation of the shield.

There will also be some exhibition league tag games between Dungowan, Kootingal, Quirindi and Walcha – the first league tag games to be played under the Group 4 banner.

http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/1381236/pepperell-shield-biggest-yet-as-second-division-gets-into-gear/

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Magpies grab a third Pepperell shield

WERRIS Creek maintained its love affair with the pre-season Steve Pepperell Memorial Shield competition on Saturday.

The Magpies won it for the third time in its five-year history at Kootingal after winning both of their games.

The Creek faced reigning Group 4 Second Division premiers Barraba in the final game and needed to win it to be a chance to taking the title.

Against a Bulldogs side severely weakened since that grand final success the Magpies were convincing winners.

“We won our last game, beat Barraba 30-6,” Creek coach Ron Dellar said.

“We just beat them around the ruck because we were fitter than them.”

There were six teams involved in the tournament.

All six played two games each, with the trophy going to the side with the best record at the end of the day.

Kootingal also won both of its games but Creek won on for and against differential after it also rolled local rivals Quirindi 16-6 earlier in the day.

Kooty also beat Quirindi but its first match against Dungowan only produced a 4-nil win.

Bendemeer was the other side involved.

Creek is celebrating its centenary this season and winning the charity event is a great way to start it.

“We were good around the ruck,” Dellar said.

“That’s where we got them.

“Peter Darcy scored two tries in the Barraba game.

“He played well.

“And Phil Beaton and Thomas Brown were good too.”

Money raised at the Pep Shield goes to the Cancer Council.

Creek continues its build-up to the second division season with a three-way trial next week.

“We play Gunnedah at Werris Creek and Kooty is also coming down,” Dellar said.

“That should be a good and then we have the (Wests) Knockout.”




Allan James FULLER

Allan James FULLER

Late of Tamworth

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  ????

Rank:  Constable

Stations: ?, Warialda, Tamworth – death

ServiceFrom  ? ? 1945  to  2 July 1950 = 5 years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born? ? 1923?

Died on:  Sunday  2 July 1950

Age:  27

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident – Motor Cycle Rider – Off Duty – At fault

Event location:  New England Hwy near the intersection of Gurnsey St, Scone, NSW

Event date:  Sunday 2 July 1950

Funeral date:  Tuesday 4 July 1950

Funeral location:  Bede’s Church of England, Scone, NSW @ 3.30pm

Buried at:  Church of England portion, Werris Creek Cemetery, Werris Creek Rd

 Memorial located at?

 

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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954), Monday 3 July 1950, page 1


Eight Killed In Road Accidents Eight people were killed i road accidents in New South Wales and Victoria at the weekend.

Constable Allan James Fuller, 27, of Tamworth, was fatally injured yesterday when his motor-cycle and a lorry collided on the New England Highway, Scone. Fuller, a married man with one child ( daughter ), was on week-end leave and was riding his own machine.

He joined the Police Force in 1945.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/135302353

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Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 – 1954), Tuesday 11 July 1950, page 2


FUNERAL OF POLICE CONSTABLE

There was a large attendance at the police funeral at Werris Creek on Tuesday of Constable Allan James Fuller, who was killed when his motor cycle collided head on with a motor truck near Scone on Sunday week.

The service. held at St. Bede’s Church of England, was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Pritchard.

The coffin was draped with the Australian flag, on which deceased’s cap had been placed.

After the service at the church, a squad of police led by three police cyclists, marched ahead of the hearse through the main business section of the town.

From there the marchers went by car, and with the cyclists still in the lead the cortege moved on to the Church of England portion of the Werris Creek Cemetery.

At the graveside the Werris Creek Band played the hymn, ‘Abide With Me.’

There was a large attendance of police officers from all parts of the North and North-West.

They included the Inspector-in-Charge of Tamworth sub-district ( Mr. G. Smith ), who deputised for the Superintendent of the Northern Police Administrative District ( Mr. C. J. Delaney ), Sergeant E. Lambert and Constable W. Matheson ( Quirindi ), Constable W. Brett ( Willow Tree ), Constable R. Gibson ( Murrurundi ) , and Sergeant H. Jerome and Constable B. .Shannon and Constable R. Paff ( Werris Creek ). Tamworth District Ambulance Service was represented .by Messrs H. J. Rowland and H. W. Kearns.

Werris Creek sporting bodies and business houses were represented.

The police cyclists were Constables Lawler, Aldred and Elliott. Pall-bearers were Constables Nicholson, Ralph, Holmes and Watkins.

— ‘Quirindi Advocate.’

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162726403

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Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 – 1954), Friday 21 July 1950, page 1


POLICEMAN’S DEATH IN MOTOR COLLISION

Coroner Holds Inquest at Scone

The District Coroner, Mr. N. Hunt, held an inquiry into the death of Allan James Fuller (27), of Tamworth Police, who was killed almost instantly on 2nd July last, when his motor cycle crashed into a truck being driven by Athol Hope, carrier, of 9 Barber-street, Gunnedah.

Evidence revealed that the deceased’s cycle had struck a bump in the highway near the intersection of Gurnsey-street, causing the cycle to veer over on to the other side of the road.

Sergeant T. Newell, of Muswellbrook Police, assisted the Coroner at the inquiry, while Mr. R. S. Watson represented Mr. Hope and the Government Insurance Office. Mr. A. A. McLellan, solicitor, of Scone, appeared to watch the interests of the Scone Municipal Council. The widow of the deceased and members of his family were also present in Court throughout the proceedings.

CONSTABLE’S EVIDENCE

Constable William Charles Black told the Coroner he went to the scene of an accident on the New England Highway near the intersection of Guernsey-street on the afternoon of 2nd July, at about 2.45 p.m. Saw a Harley Davidson motor-cycle lying on its side on the bitumen, five feet in and about 14ft. 8ins. from the kerb. At the rear and near side of the motor cycle was a pool of blood. The deceased had been removed prior to witness’s arrival. Also saw a motor lorry, heavily loaded with beer, drawn over to the side of the highway. The driver gave his name as Athol Hope, of Gunnedah.

Noticed some marks on the right mudguard and right hand side of the bumper bar, as well as other marks on the body of the lorry and driver’s cabin.

Constable Black said he inspected the road and found several depressions right at the bend of the road and on the north-eastern side, extending on to the edge of the bitumen. There were also marks resembling skids on the northern side from the blood.

Later, in company with the deceased’s brother and the Coroner, visited the Scott Memorial Hospital, where deceased was identified.

Answering Sergt. Newell, Constable Black stated the marks on the motor lorry could have been caused by the vehicle coming into collision with the cycle on the roadway.

Sergt. Newell: What was the condition of the roadway? — At the point of impact the road surface was level, but for a distance of 8 or 10 feet from this point the road north of the impact and extending further north to the curve on the north-eastern side, that is right on the inside of the bend, the road surface is very uneven.

Witness marked several identification spots on photographs of the scene of the accident, and these were later tendered as exhibits.

Answering Mr. Watson, Constable Black stated the cycle was the private property of the deceased. The point of impact would be on Hope’s side of the road. It is possible that the deceased did not know there was a curve in the road ? — Yes, it is possible he did not know, much about the locality. I don’t know, and I had never met him. He was stationed at Tamworth. As an experienced traffic constable, is there anything that makes this roadway abnormal or dangerous? — Only that it is very deceptive upon approach from the north. It is actually a worse bend than it appears from 100 or 200 yards away. Do the depressions you referred to add to the danger of the curve? — Yes, considerably with a motor cycle, but I don’t know about a four-wheeled vehicle. Is there any warning of this curve approaching it from the North? – No. Do you consider it a curve which should have the normal traffic warning ? — It would be a benefit to have such a warning.

Constable Black, through Mr. Watson‘s examination, stated there was a 30-miles-per-hour sign about 40 yards away from the scene of the accident. Most motorists slowed down after passing such a warning, and witness was of the opinion the sign would be placed to better advantage if moved further north in order to give motorists time to slow down before reaching the curve in the highway. Answering Mr. McLellan, Constable Black stated it was a fact that a good deal of traffic went straight down Guernsey-street from the main road, due to the closing of traffic from the highway at certain times by the railway crossing gates. Replying to Sergeant Newell, witness stated the brakes on the truck involved in the collision had been tested and found to be in perfect condition. They conformed with the standards required.

BROTHER’S EVIDENCE

George Fuller, of Werris Creek, brother of the deceased, stated he had identified the body of the deceased on July 3 last. Had not seen the deceased for a fortnight prior to the accident, but at that time his late brother had been in good health and spirits. The deceased had been in the Police Force for five years, was 27 years of age, and at the time of the accident was going to visit his wife’s mother at Branxton. Could not say whether he had passed through Scone before, or whether his life was insured. Could not say whether the deceased had known the roadway through previously travelling over it.

LORRY DRIVER’S STORY

Athol Hope, carrier, residing at 9 Barber-street, Gunnedah, told the Coroner that at about 2 p.m. on July 2 he was travelling in his lorry with a load of beer on board. Passing through Scone, he had travelled from Swansea that day. Went over the railway crossing and was proceeding to go around a curve in the highway when he heard and saw a motor cycle coming. ” It was roughly a hundred yards away when I first saw it, before I approached the turn. I was travelling slowly — about 10 miles an hour— and the cycle was coming towards the curve. ”

 

Sergt. Newell: Did you form any opinion as to the position of yours and the other vehicle as to approached the curve? — When I was approaching the carve, I saw the cycle would have difficulty in getting around the curve. As the cycle came on to the curve it hit a rut in the road and the front wheel went up in the air. I saw it happen distinctly and it then came straight towards my truck. The way I saw it, the front wheel seemed to jump straight towards me. The bike hit the front portion of my truck. Would say the rider had no control over the machine. I stopped my truck after the impact.

Sergt. Newell: Did the rider of the cycle try to do anything to avoid the collision? — No. There was no way of getting the cycle under control. When he hit the rut he came straight towards me. It all happened so suddenly I had no time to do anything. I walked back to where the deceased was lying, but he did not speak.

Answering Mr. McLellan, witness said it would be hard to estimate how far away the cycle was when witness first saw it. It would be hard to estimate the cycle’s speed, but thought it would be travelling at about 50 miles an hour.

Replying to Mr. Watson, witness said he agreed with Constable Black that the deceased was travelling on the wrong side of the road at the point of impact. Witness’s vehicle was on its correct side, with the off-wheels off the bitumen. Thought there should be a ‘Curve’ sign to the north of the bend in the road.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S EVIDENCE

John Arthur Smith, engraver and photographer, residing at 100 Main-street, Scone, gave evidence of having taken certain photographs of the road at the scene of the accident. These photographs were then tendered and marked as exhibits one to four.

MEDICAL EVIDENCE

Dr. A. B. Cuthbert, fully qualified medical practitioner and resident of Scone, gave evidence of having made an examination of deceased at the Scott Memorial Scone Hospital on the afternoon of July 2. The deceased had died a short time before and found extensive lacerations of the right hand side of the jaw bone and down under the neck and to the sternum. The lacerations involved injury to the main vessels of the neck, the bleeding from which was the cause of death. Death had not been instantaneous, but within a few minutes of receiving the injuries. It was quite probable the deceased had been unconscious from the time of receiving the injuries.

ADDRESSES

Mr. McLellan and Mr. Watson addressed the bench at length as to their views on how the accident occurred.

Mr. McLellan stated there was evidence which pointed to the fact the deceased was travelling at a speed in excess of the safe speed he might have travelled at, taking into account the condition of the roads. It was a fact that roads were not in the first-class order they were in some years ago. The deceased, travelling at an excess speed, plus the fact of his cycle striking a rut at this speed, was sufficient to cause the accident.

Mr. Watson was also of the opinion that the deceased was travelling at an excess speed — probably that of 50 miles an hour. Had the road been in good order, that speed, when slowed down to the 30-miles-an-hour limit past the speed sign, would have been quite all right, but for the fact of hitting a rut caused the cycle to deviate off the correct side. The other fact pointed out by Mr. Watson was the driver of the lorry was on his correct side and travelling at a slow speed. His client, Mr. Hope, was in no way to blame for the occurrence.

CORONER’S REMARKS AND FINDING

From the Bench, the Coroner stated that he accepted the evidence of Mr. Hope, the only witness to the tragic happening, as being a truthful version of the accident. ” His evidence, with that of Constable Black, and the very helpful photographs, for which the Court is indebted to Mr. Smith, complete with inspections of the location of the accident, appears to me to make it clear that the front wheel of the motor cycle, driven by the deceased, struck an uneven patch on the roadway, obviously the result of necessary repair work thereon. This apparently caused the cycle to come into contact with the lorry driven by Mr. Hope.

I am satisfied that this lorry was being driven in a lawful manner on the correct side of the road, in accordance with the traffic laws, and at a most reasonable speed, having regard to the locus. There can be no blame attached to the driver of the lorry.

‘It is always difficult to speculate on the speed of a moving vehicle, particularly one which is moving towards you, but the balance of probabilities lead me to infer that the deceased was travelling at a speed somewhat greater than the 30 miles an hour, having regard to the results.

In considering the speed, one must have in mind the fact that the evidence discloses that the deceased was an experienced and efficient driver of motor cycles, both in his private capacity and as a police officer. I lean to the hypothesis submitted by Mr. Watson that the deceased was travelling at a speed which would ordinarily be perfectly safe under normal circumstances, but which by reason of the deceptive nature of the turn and the condition of the roadway, formed a combination of factors which occasioned the accident. ” It is the considered opinion of this Court that a recommendation should be conveyed to the appropriate authorities that all possible expedition be given to the eradication of the uneven patches on the roadway surface in the immediate vicinity of the intersection. I may say that I am mindful of the difficulties which present-day conditions place on such a proposition. I would further recommend that consideration be given by the appropriate authority to the removal of the existing 30 miles an hour sign to a position some distance further on the northern side of the curve ; that the yellow line be repainted and that if found possible, a ” Curve ” sign be placed adjacent to the turning. While the existing warnings are adequate for normal circumstances, I feel that if this were done, it would make an efficient contribution to the road safety which every member of the public desires, ” concluded the Coroner.

The Coroner then read his finding, that the deceased had met his death as a result of haemorrhage, due to injuries he accidentally received when the cycle he was riding collided with a motor lorry.

Mr. Hunt extended his thanks to the Police, counsel, and also the sympathy of the Court to the relatives of the deceased, as also did Sergeant Newell, Mr. McLellan and Mr. Watson.

 

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162723715
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D’Arne De LEO

D’Arne De LEO

aka  Dee

Victoria Police Force

Academy Squad 14

Regd. #   40129

Rank:  First Constable

Stations?, Benalla ( 2.5 years), Fitzroy ( 3 mths) – death

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  12 January 2017 = ? years Service

Awards:  No find on It’s An Honour

Born?

Died on:  Thursday  12 January 2017

Age:  40’s

Cause:  Motor vehicle accident – stationary motor cycle rider hit from behind by truck

Event location:  Cnr Boronia Rd, & EastLink freeway on-ramp, Wantirna, Victoria

Funeral date:  Thursday  19 January 2017 @ 2pm

Funeral location:   Chapel of Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley

Buried at:  Springvale Botanical Cemetery ( Police memorial Lawn ) at 3.45pm with Police Honours

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DE LEO.
A Service Celebrating the Life of Constable D’Arne (Dee) De Leo will be held in the Chapel of Victoria Police Academy, View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley on THURSDAY (Jan. 19, 2017) at 2.00 p. m. , and will be followed by Burial in the Springvale Botanical Cemetery (Police Memorial Lawn) at 3.45 p. m. POLICE HONOURS

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DE LEO. D’Arne (Dee).
In loving memory of Dee De Leo. Passed away on Jan. 12, 2017.
Taken from us too soon.
A dedicated member of Victoria Police.
Loving partner of Krisztina, daughter of Jann and Pat and sister of Sharna.
Time was not on our side to kiss you goodbye, but you will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 17/01/2017

Supporting Notices

 

DE LEO. D’Arne. First Constable 40129 And we that are left shall never forget; rest in peace friend and colleague for the sun has now set. You will be sorely missed by all at Fitzroy Police Station. Our condolences go to Krisz, family, friends and colleagues.
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DE LEO. D’Arne (Dee). First Constable 40129 A valued member of Victoria Police who will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to her partner, family, friends and colleagues. The NWM Divison 1.
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DE LEO. Dee. The ‘Pocket Rocket’ You may have had a small footprint, but made a big impression on all who knew and met you. Our sincere and deepest condolences to Kris and family. Will be sadly missed Benalla Police Colleagues and friends.
Obituaries
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DE LEO. D’Arne (Dee). First Constable 40129 A valued member of Victoria Police who will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences to her partner, family, friends and colleagues. The NWM HQ.
Obituaries
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De LEO. D’Arne. The President, Executive and Members of The Police Association mourn the passing of First Constable De Leo and extend their deepest sympathy to her family. At Rest
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De LEO. D’Arne (Dee). First Constable 40129 The Chief Commissioner, Officers and Employees of Victoria Police regret the passing of their Colleague and offer their deepest sympathy to her family.
Obituaries
Published in Herald Sun on 17/01/2017

 

DE LEO. D’Arne (Dee). 8.8.1971 – 12.1.2017 A true friend, support and inspiration to us all Forever in our memories Rest In Peace Squad 14.
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DE LEO D’Arne (Dee) You were my best friend. I trusted and respected you and will be forever grateful for the support you gave me over the last four years. I miss you – but will never forget you Rest In Peace Craig, Riikka and Kai.
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Truck driver charged over Vic cop’s death

A mechanical investigation will be done on the truck that killed a Victorian police officer while she was on her way to work on her motor bike.

Samandeep Singh, 26, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with culpable driving over the death of the officer on Thursday morning.

Victoria Police identified D’Arne De Leo as the woman who died in the crash at an EastLink freeway on-ramp in Wantirna just before 9am.

She was hit and trapped under the truck, dying at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.

Singh was also charged with driving a motor vehicle in a manner that was dangerous to the public, thereby allegedly causing Ms De Leo’s death.

His lawyer Chen Yang said a 10-week mechanical investigation needed to be done on Singh’s truck, and CCTV footage would be prepared formatted for the court.

Singh, who was dressed in hi-vis clothing, did not apply for bail and he was remanded in custody to reappear for a committal mention on May 4.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/truck-driver-charged-over-vic-cops-death/news-story/52c3c9f0870958fd214a63fd572d1b82

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Valued former Benalla police officer killed in a crash between motorbike and truck

Former Benalla police officer First Constable D’Arne De Leo had only moved to Melbourne three months ago, before she was killed in a motorcycle crash.

The truck driver accused of causing her death after running a red light has been assessed as suicidal, a court has heard.

Police allege Ferntree Gully man Samandeep Singh, 26, drove through a red light at Boronia Road, Wantirna and crashed into the back of the woman’s motorcycle on Thursday morning, trapping her underneath his truck.

First Constable De Leo died at the scene.

Singh has been charged with culpable driving causing death and dangerous driving.

He appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

Defence lawyer Chen Yang said a forensic medical officer diagnosed his client as having “suicidal ideation” after he was arrested.

It was Singh’s first time in custody.

Fairfax Media understands police have not yet interviewed Singh, who will be re-assessed by a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse to determine whether he requires medication.

He did not apply for bail. Magistrate Andrew McKenna remanded him to appear in court on May 4.

First Constable De Leo worked at Benalla for two-and-a-half years before a transfer to Fitzroy three months ago. She was aged in her 40s and lived in the eastern suburbs.

Benalla Acting Inspector Ash Mason said First Constable De Leo was a well-respected and valued general-duties member who was only at the beginning of her career. “She had a huge career ahead of her and it’s a huge loss,” he said.

“She just wanted to get in, do her job and do it really well.”

Police Association assistant secretary Bruce McKenzie said the union was thinking of her family and the officers who had to attend the crash.

“One of our members has tragically lost her life simply by travelling to work,” he said.

“We have the greatest sympathy for her family at this time.

“We also feel for her police family and for her colleagues who attended (Thursday) morning’s tragic scene. She had only been in the force for a relatively short time.”

If you are troubled by this report or experiencing a personal crisis you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4404382/valued-officer-killed-in-crash/

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The Police Association Victoria
16/01/2017 4:30:00 PM

Our thoughts and greatest sympathies are with her family, friends and colleagues – please know that we will always be here to support you.

If you wish to do so, please feel free to leave a message of support for First Constable D’Arne De Leo’s loved ones, in the comments below.

http://statuscope.co/au/Last-Thursday-our-member-First-Constable-DArne-De-Leo-was?id=a3085fbf

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