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New South Wales Police Force

Redfern Police Academy Class # 159

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  18098[/alert_yellow]

Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 26 June 1978

Senior Constable – appointed 2 September 1988 ( Seniority date:  26 June 1987 )

Stations: ?, Balmain, North Sydney HWP ( 1984 ), Engadine HWP

ServiceFrom  ? ? pre June 1978?  to  18 March 1994 = 16 years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted 24 December 1993

Born:  5 May 1955

Died on:  18 March 1994

Age:  38

Cause:  Cancer

Event location:   ?

Event date:   ?

Funeral date:  22 March 1994

Funeral location?

Buried at:  Forest Lawn memorial Park, Camden Valley Way, Leppington, NSW

 Memorial located at?

Bruce Spadaro Memorial Trophy ( perpetual trophy donated by Judi Spadaro ), ribbon & prize.

Budgerigar Society of NSW inc.  Macarthur Branch, NSW

Inscription:<br /> BRUCE SPADARO<br /> 5 May 1955 - 18 March 1994<br /> Senior Constable N.S.W. Police Force<br /> He was exceptional in all he did and his courage and love shall live forever<br /> Dearly loved husband of Judy,<br /> devoted father or Matthew,<br /> Michael, Fiona and David.<br /> Father-in-law of Anthony<br /> and poppa of Nicholas.<br /> Beloved only son of Nancy and Joe ( dec'd ).<br /> Loved brother of Lynne<br /> and uncle of Troy Kristen and Jade<br /> "... and when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart - I'll be there"

[alert_yellow]BRUCE is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO


 Approximate Grave location





May they forever Rest In Peace


His wife, Judith Louise SPADARO, passed away on Tuesday  18 July 2017, aged 67.
The below document mentions the Memorial Trophy in the name of Bruce.  There is a similar document, dated 2015, on the internet also.

I ( Ron Alexander ) worked with Bruce at the North Sydney Highway Patrol (1984 – 1987).  In 1985, Bruce and I were selected to participate in the development of a trial (4 day) Anti-Terrorist driving course at the Police Driving School, St. Ives, as the Highway Patrol was used for mobile security details.  The powers to be wanted to provide a higher level of protection for visiting Heads of State and NSW Governor.

Bruce was diagnosed with cancer sometime after that and later transferred to Engadine HWP.  I understand that Bruce continued to work through his treatment, until he could no longer perform his duties, due to the illness.


When Bruce was on Roster, everyone wanted to work with him.

Bruce had an infectious smile, causing all who saw it to smile back.  He was a loyal colleague and his word was his bond.

It was a sad day when he passed.  His wife Judith Louise SPADARO only recently passed away, July 2017.



Kind regards,


Ron Alexander

Retd Sgt  NSW Police



Pashalis (Paul) KATSIVELAS

Pashalis (Paul) KATSIVELAS

New South Wales Police Force


Shot – Murdered


Stationed at Newtown

Joined NSW Police Force on 13 December 1982 via Class 192

Born  1964

Died  4 April, 1984

Buried  Rookwood Cemetery

 Constable Pashalis Paul Katsivelas - shot - 040484

About 11.30am on 4 April, 1984 Constable Katsivelas was on duty at the Concord Repatriation Hospital where he was guarding a prisoner who was suffering from heroin withdrawal. The prisoner asked to be allowed to visit the toilet so the constable unlocked one handcuff and, with the assistance of a nurse’s aide, escorted the prisoner to the toilet area. As the prisoner left the toilet cubicle he suddenly leapt at the constable, knocking him to the ground. A violent struggle ensued during which the prisoner seized the constable’s service revolver and shot him twice in the chest before escaping. Constable Katsivelas died a short time later from his wounds. The offender was later located by other police and when warned to surrender he shot himself in the head.


The constable was born in 1964 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 13 December, 1982. At the time of his death he was stationed at Newtown.


This photo was taken of Paul, at the Hospital, on the same day, shortly before his death. The head Matron, Norma Spark, took the photo of Paul and a Nurse before Norma finished her shift. This is the last, know, photo of Paul alive.
This photo was taken of Paul, at the Hospital, on the same day, shortly before his death.
The head Matron, Norma Spark, took the photo of Paul and a Nurse before Norma finished her shift. This is the last, know, photo of Paul alive.


This memorial photo is hanging up at Newtown Police Station as a stark reminder to all Police that bad things can happen to good people. As seen in 2014.
This memorial photo is hanging up at Newtown Police Station as a stark reminder to all Police that bad things can happen to good people.
As seen in 2014.


Pashalis (Paul) KATSIVELAS
Pashalis (Paul) KATSIVELAS  Touch pad at National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra – 2014







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Ms CARMEL TEBBUTT (Marrickville) [7.07 p.m.  8 May 2013]: Recently at Rookwood Cemetery I attended a memorial service to commemorate police officers from the Newtown local area command killed in the line of duty. The moving service was attended by Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldis, Superintendent Simon Hardman, the commander of the Newtown Area Local Command, many other police representatives, and relatives and descendants of the police officers. Those attendees included Ms Avona Wallace, Mr and Mrs Norman Stephenson, Mrs Lynette Everton and Ms Edna Stevenson. Representatives from the emergency services and community members were also in attendance. The member for Campbelltown, Bryan Doyle, attended representing the Premier.

The five officers being remembered at the ceremony gave their lives to protect the community. They were Constable First Class John Wallace, Constable First Class Ruston Stephenson, Constable Lionel Guise, Detective Inspector Reginald Stevenson and Constable Pashalis Katsivelas. The ceremony to mark the sacrifice of these officers reflected on the enormity of their contribution to the community, as well as the impact of their death on their families. It is often said, and it is true, that police officers leave their homes for each shift uncertain of what any day may bring and whether they will return at the end of the day. We owe these men and women our deepest gratitude for the risks they face and take every day in their job. At Rookwood Cemetery we visited each of the graves of those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and behind each individual was an illuminating life story.

We began at the grave of Constable First Class Ruston Stephenson, who died 80 years almost to the day of the commemoration. Constable Stephenson joined the Police Force in 1912, and four years later enlisted in the army, later joining the fight in France during the First World War. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry in rescuing injured soldiers while under fire. Remarkably, when he returned he rejoined the Police Force and continued to serve until his death on 9 April 1933 after a tragic accident involving a motorcycle at the then Newtown Stadium while performing general duties policing.

We were also told the story of Detective Inspector Reginald Hugh Stevenson—I was honoured on the day to meet his widow, Ms Edna Stevenson, who still had strong memories of the incident that led to Inspector Stevenson’s death. Detective Inspector Stevenson joined the NSW Police Force as a cadet in 1943 at the age of 17. In an act of extraordinary selflessness, Detective Inspector Stevenson was on annual leave on 9 December 1974 when he decided to go to work to assist in the planned arrest of a dangerous offender in Newtown, at the time telling his wife, “I don’t want my boys doing this on their own.” During the operation he was shot in the chest after leading his team in pursuit of the offender.

Detective Inspector Stevenson partially recovered and was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct and the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. However, he died in 1980 of a heart attack, deemed to be the result of the injuries he sustained on duty in 1974. These officers are just a few of many across New South Wales whose lives have been cut short as they have gone about performing their duty. I pay tribute to them all. They will not be forgotten and local events such as this are a powerful reminder of their sacrifice.

I also take this opportunity to acknowledge two Marrickville police officers, Sergeant Stewart and Constable Steele, who on Monday of this week rescued an intellectually disabled person from a house fire in Marrickville. Thankfully, those two officers who took huge risks survived and are quite rightly being hailed as heroes by their colleagues and the community. It is yet another example of the risk our police men and women take every day in order to keep the community safe. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to them.