John Andrew BYERS BM
Late of Narooma – formerly of Balgownie, NSW
Father to Mark BYERS ( NSWPF # 31622 )
NSW Police Training Centre – Redfern – Class # 113
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 12889
Rank: Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on ? ? ?
Probationary Constable- appointed 11 December 1967 ( Aged 19 years, 1 month, 13 days )
Constable – appointed 11 January 1969 ( loss of 13 months Seniority )
Constable 1st Class – appointed 11 January 1973
Detective – appointed ? ? ? ( NO )
Senior Constable – appointed 11 January 1977
Leading Senior Constable – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 28 February 1986
Sergeant 2nd Class – appointed ? ? ?
Sergeant 1st Class – appointed ? ? ?
Final Rank = Senior Sergeant
Stations: North Sydney ( 6 Division )(ProCst – 1967 ), Milton STP ( 1969 / 1970 ), Sutherland ( 24 Division ), Wollongong Police Rescue Squad ( O.I.C. ) – Retirement
Service: From ? ? ? to ? ? ? = ? years Service
Awards: Queens’ Commendation for Brave Conduct ( Imperial ) – granted 18 December 1973 – Apprehend an armed man
National Medal – granted 15 May 1986 ( SenCon )
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 16 September 1993 ( SenCon )
Sergeant John A. BYERS was Awarded a Bronze Medal for actions involving a vehicle fire at Corrimal on the 22 July 1995 ( Royal Humane Society of NSW )
Senior Constable John Andrew BYERS was Awarded a Certificate of Merit for actions involving a submerged vehicle at Audley Weir on the 8 September 1983 ( Royal Humane Society of NSW )
Constable John Andrew BYERS was Awarded a Certificate of Merit for actions involving a suicide at Sydney Harbour Bridge on the 20 August 1969 ( Royal Humane Society of NSW )
Born: Thursday 28 October 1948
Died on: Sunday 6 December 2020 during the p.m.
Age: 72 years, 1 month, 8 days
Cause: “Possibly” a Heart Attack whilst sleeping.
Had previously been treated for Cancer of the Bowel and had both knees replaced in 2015 together with a hip operation.
Event location: Home
Event date: Sunday 6 December 2020 during the p.m.
Funeral date: Tuesday 15 December 2020 @ noon
Funeral location: Hanson & Cole Funerals, Northcliffe Dve, Kembla Grange, NSW
( 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: Hansen & Cole, Northcliffe Dve, Kembla Grange, NSW
Buried at: Cremated
Memorial / Plaque / Monument located at: ?
Dedication date of Memorial / Plaque / Monument: Nil – at this time ( December 2020 )
JOHN is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance *NEED MORE INFO
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May they forever Rest In Peace
John had both knees replaced in early 2015 and also had a hip replacement after that, together with a bout of Cancer of the Bowel.
Once he Retired from NSWPF, he moved to Narooma where he drove a taxi for many years.
He was a great bloke for a laugh, a great bloke to catch up with, a knowledgeable bastard who always had your back.
John – may you forever Rest In Peace mate.
Greg ‘Cal’ Callander
John is mentioned, in passing, in the book by Jason Byrnes – called:
Police Rescue and Bomb Disposal: An Extraordinary History
That entry, in the book, can be found HERE.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),
Friday 19 May 1995, page 7
Injured bushwalker finally rescued
SYDNEY: The rescue of a 61-year-old bushwalker who had fractured her ankle while walking in the Morton National Park had turned into a large-scale operation which was hampered by bad weather and flooding.
Several attempts to reach the injured woman by air had failed due to cloud and heavy rain.
Swollen creeks had prevented an attempt to carry her out before she was airlifted to Nerriga with two of her rescuers at 2pm yesterday afternoon.
She was later taken to Shoalhaven Hospital.
Ulladulla police said yesterday that a further 30 rescuers had been sent to reach the rescue party with equipment to set up flying-foxes across the rivers and creeks.
The drama began on Tuesday, when the woman fell while walking with three companions on Mt Haughton in the Budawang Ranges.
A police spokesman said a South Coast Wilderness Society member had contacted Nowra police late that afternoon after he came across the party, and six rescuers walked in to meet them.
On Tuesday, Ulladulla police said the National Parks and Wildlife Service helicopter was unable to land in the area due to low cloud.
As a result, a further 13 rescuers joined the bushwalkers and the entire party attempted to walk out of the park late Wednesday.
Ulladulla police said the ground party managed to get about 1km because of swollen rivers and creeks.
They camped overnight and the 30 new rescuers tried to reach the party. The extra rescuers were to relieve some of the earlier crew and try to set up flying-foxes across the rivers.
A naval helicopter from Nowra airlifted 18 of the rescuers stranded by rising flood waters to Nerriga yesterday afternoon.
According to the rescue co-ordinator, Sergeant John Byers, the remaining rescuers would try to make their way out on foot.
“I hope to have them out tonight,” he said.
Senior Constable John Andrew BYERS
New South Wales Police Force
On 30 March 1986 a number of police were called to apprehend a mentally disturbed man ( Horan ) who was driving a utility around Bathurst in a dangerous manner.
At the Perthville bridge there was a collision between a police truck and the utility and they became wedged on the approach.
The offender ( Horan ) got out holding a .303 rifle covered with material in his hands.
Senior Constable Byers crawled through the window and grappled with the offender.
He then fell to the ground and the offender broke free and fired at him.
The offender began to fire at the police, at which time Constable 1st Class Paul Mitchell Quinn was shot in the neck and killed instantly and Constable Ian Borland was seriously wounded.
Seeing him go to the back of his utility, Constable Byers fired back and got to his feet as the offender ran down the embankment and turned and fired again.
Constable Byers emptied his revolver, threw himself on the ground between the truck and the utility and reloaded.
The offender, Horan, was shot several times by police before being arrested and charged.
The offender threw his rifle aside and Constable Byers went to assist three other policemen as they arrested him.
By his actions, Senior Constable Byers displayed considerable bravery.
John Byers was not stationed in the area – but was rostered there for the Easter Mt Panorama Motor Cycle races and assisted other Police when this incident was happening.
Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995),
Wednesday 19 December 1973, page 9
Policeman wins bravery award
Constable 1st Class John Andrew Byers, of Wollongong Police, has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.
The Governor of NSW, Sir Roden Cutler, announced today that the Queen had approved the award.
On February 28, this year, Constable Byers and Senior Constable E. J. ( Ted ) Beaver ( # 10097 ) went to Gladstone Avenue, Wollongong, to investigate a disturbance and the firing of rifle shots.
They saw a man seated in front of a house with a .22 calibre rifle which he pointed in their direction.
Before the weapon could be cocked, Constable Byers ran up to the man and wrested the rifle from his possession.