John Irving BURGESS
New South Wales Police Force
Class 216 – Goulburn Police Academy
Regd. # 22455
Service: From 28 October 1985 to 29 April 1989 = 3+ years Service
Stations: ? ,Balmain – death
Awards: ? nil find on It’s An Honour
Born: ? ? 1960
Event date: Thursday 27 April 1989
burgessEvent location: Booth St & Jonston St, Annandale
Event type: Motor Vehicle Accident
Died: Saturday 29 April 1989
Funeral date: ?
Funeral location: Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland
Buried at: Cremated;
Ashes – Wall of Memories, Panel 30, GG, 0256
About 2.25am on 27 April, 1989 Constable Burgess was driving a caged police vehicle in Booth Street, Annandale. Constable Andrew Mortimer was observer in the vehicle and they were responding to an urgent call for assistance from Gaming Squad police. At the intersection of Johnston Street, the police vehicle collided with a semi trailer and deflected onto a power pole. As a result of the accident Constable Andrew Mortimer suffered fractures to his ribs and jaw, and Constable Burgess suffered severe head and internal injuries. Constable Burgess died two days later ( on the 29 April ) at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital when life support systems were turned off.
The constable was born in 1960 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 28 October, 1985. At the time of his death he was stationed at Balmain.
The Canberra Times Monday 1 May 1989 page 3 of 36
SYDNEY: A policeman who received severe injuries in a collision involving a police paddy wagon last Thursday died late on Saturday.
Constable John Burgess, 29, received head and chest injuries in the accident between the paddy wagon and a refrigeration truck at Annandale in Sydney’s inner-west, shortly before 2am.
Location of collision: