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Murray Linden POWELL


Murray Linden POWELL

aka ” Muzza ” & ” the Bangalow Bull “

New South Wales Police Force

Joined NSW Police via the NSW Police Cadet system on 6 December 1971

Cadet # 2727

[alert_yellow]Regd. #  15783[/alert_yellow]

Rank:  NSW Police Cadet – Commenced 6 December 1971

Probationary Constable – appointed 23 April 1973

Constable 1st Class – appointed 23 April 1978

Senior Constable – appointed 23 April 1982

Sergeant 3rd Class – appointed 21 May 1988

Sergeant – Retired in October 2011 due to illness

Stations: Redfern, Byron Bay

ServiceFrom  6 December 1971  to  ? October 2011 = 40+ years Service

Awards:  National Medal – granted on 21 August 1989

1st Clasp to the National Medal – granted on 25 June 1999

Born:  23 April 1954

Died on:  28 December 2011

Cause:  pancreatic cancer

Age: 57

Funeral date:  4 January 2012

Funeral location:  St Kevin’s Catholic Church, Bangalow, NSW

Buried at:  Eureka Cemetery, Bangalow, NSW

[alert_blue]MURRAY  is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_blue] * NOT JOB RELATED



 Friends and family attended the funeral of retired police sergeant Murray Powell at St Kevin’s Catholic Church in Bangalow yesterday where he received full police honours in a moving ceremony. Friends and family attended the funeral of retired police sergeant Murray Powell at St Kevin’s Catholic Church in Bangalow yesterday where he received full police honours in a moving ceremony.[/caption]

Policeman devoted to family

Dominic Feain | 5th Jan 2012 4:00 AM

HUNDREDS gathered at St Kevin’s Catholic Church in Bangalow to farewell long-serving Byron Bay police officer Murray Powell yesterday.

A sergeant at Byron Bay for 25 years, Mr Powell received full police honours in a moving ceremony commemorating his life and 40 years of service to the NSW Police Force.

The widely respected officer died this week after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He worked for five months following his diagnosis despite being told not to, reluctantly retiring in October.

Former Richmond Local Area Commander, now New England Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce ‘Bluey’ Lyons remembered his mate with whom he shared his first beat with as probationary constables in the early 1970s.

He praised a man who he said served in the most difficult role, and most important rank, in the force – that of a general duties sergeant.

“We walked the streets of Chippendale and Redfern together,” he said.

“He left behind many footprints filled with camaraderie, dedication and commitment, and the most important footprints were those dedicated to his family.”

Mr Powell is survived by eight children, two from his first marriage and six from his second, to Petria.

Retired Byron Bay Inspector Owen King remembered his colleague, Muzza, as one of the proudest fathers he knew – one who was constantly regaling workmates with his children’s exploits.

“It seemed like he was always expecting a baby,” he said fondly.

“He’d come in saying Petria was expecting again, then again.

“After he moved from Bangalow to Clunes the children kept coming after that – it earned him the nick name the ‘Bangalow Bull’.”

Mr King commended Mr Powell’s composure in the most stressful of policing situations and remembered his now famous morning teas.

“Woe betide anyone who brought in a prisoner during morning tea,” he quipped.

“It was his duty to keep the place ticking over and he was so fussy people used to say ‘he thinks he owns the place’.”

Mr King remembers a man who “took it all in his stride” and embraced the advice to “not count the days, but make the days count”.

“Muzza old mate, you’ll be sorely missed but your suffering is over and you’ve gone to a better place,” he said.

The funeral procession to Eureka Cemetery was led by two highway patrol motorcycles before family, friends and colleagues gathered at Clunes Hall for “one last morning tea”.


Church location


NOTE:  ****************************

Murray POWELL was NOT mentioned on the Retired Police Association website.


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