Sergeant 1st Class John Thomas COLBERT
Regd. # 5981
Motor Vehicle Accident
11 March, 1979
At 11pm on 10 March, 1979 Sergeant Colbert commenced duty as the supervising sergeant in the Hurstville Division. Following an inspection of the Kingsgrove Police Station the sergeant set out for the Peakhurst Police Station. About 1.20am he parked behind a panel van in Morgan Street, Kingsgrove where he spoke to the occupants. The sergeant then returned to the police car and as he opened the driver’s door he was struck by a passing vehicle and killed instantly.
The sergeant was born in 1921 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 2 February, 1948. At the time of his death he was stationed at Kingsgrove.