Kenneth John SHORT
aka Shorty & John
New South Wales Police Force
Academy Class 211
Regd. # 22101
Rank: Probationary Constable – appointed 21 June 1985
Constable – appointed 21 June 1986
Stations: Bankstown, Engadine ( 24 Division ) & Police Rescue Squad – Engadine
Service: From 9 April 1985 to 11 July 1990 = 5+ years Service
Born: Thursday 19 July 1962
Died on: Wednesday 11 July 1990
Cause: Motor Vehicle Collision – On Duty – front passenger ( raining )
Event location: Old Princes Hwy & Old Bush Rd, Yarrawarra
Funeral date: Monday 16 July 1990
Funeral location: St John Bosco Catholic Church, Engadine
Buried at: Woronora Memorial Park, Linden St, Sutherland
General Plaque Lawn
Section: Wattle Lawn Lot: 19
Lat/Lng: -34.03618, 151.04945
About 9.30am on 11 July, 1990 Constable Short was the observer in a police vehicle travelling along the Old Princes Highway, Yarrawarra. The police were attending an armed holdup at the ANZ Bank, Jannali and when approaching the intersection of Old Bush Road the police vehicle veered across the roadway and collided head-on with another car. Constable Short was killed instantly.
There was also a Student Police Officer ( S.P.O. ) in the back seat of the Police vehicle at the time of the collision.
The constable was born in 1962 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 9 April, 1985. He was sworn in on Friday 21 June, 1985. At the time of his death he was stationed at Engadine.
On the day of his funeral, the procession drove past Engadine Police Station – travelling between the Church Service and the Cemetery.
Before he joined ” the job “, Ken was shot by an unknown assailant at George’s Hall @ 1983. That incident was attended by Greg McMahon with Sgt 1/c Alec Morton. Shot in a very private part and very lucky to have not suffered a lasting injury. RIP Ken.