Peter Gordon WILSON

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New South Wales Police Force

aka Gordy

Regd. # 31925

Rank:  Senior Constable

Stations:  Brisbane Waters HWP

Service:  From pre 13 February 1998  to  11 November 2006 = 8+ years Service

Awards:  ?

Born:  12 July 1965

Died: 11 November 2006

Age:  41 old

Cause:  Motor Vehicle Accident

Incident location:  F3 Freeway, Somersby

Funeral date: ?

Funeral locationPoint Clare General Cemetery, Coolam Avenue, Point Clare. GPS 33 26′ 6″S / 151 18′ 44″E

Buried at?

Peter Gordon WILSON

Peter Gordon WILSON

Peter Gordon WILSON

Peter Gordon WILSON with Caitlin & Amy?

Peter Gordon WILSON

Peter Gordon WILSON with Amy, Caitlin & Callum

Peter Gordon WILSON - Grave

Peter Gordon WILSON – Grave

 Point Clare General Cemetery, Coolam Avenue, Point Clare. GPS 33 26′ 6″S / 151 18′ 44″E

On 11th November 2006 the senior constable was performing Highway Patrol traffic duties on the F3 Freeway at Somersby when he was struck by a passing motor vehicle, causing fatal injuries.

 

The senior constable was born in 1965 and was sworn in as a probationary constable on 13 February 1998. At the time of his death he was attached to the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol.

Police officer killed on duty

A 41-YEAR-OLD police officer conducting speed checks on a busy freeway north of Sydney has died after being struck by a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson was on radar duty on the F3 Freeway at Somersby, on the NSW central coast, when he was hit by a Mitsubishi Pajero about 6.45pm (AEDT) yesterday.

Police are still investigating the incident, but believe the four-wheel-drive struck the officer after it was hit from behind by a black Toyota Hilux utility truck.

The Scottish-born officer and father-of-three suffered injuries from which he later died in Gosford Hospital.

NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney today paid tribute to Const Wilson, saying his death was a tragic reminder of the danger of police work.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn this tragic news and I extend my condolences to the family of the officer involved,” he said.

“All officers in the field face dangers every day and this is a tragic reminder of the very nature of police work.”

Const Wilson leaves behind a fiancee and three children aged between eight and 14.

Mr Moroney said a charity golf day which had been organised by the officer would still go ahead.

Const Wilson was attached to the Highway Patrol in the Brisbane Water Local Area Command.

No charges have yet been laid in relation to his death, but police have seized both vehicles for further investigations.

A report also is being prepared for the NSW coroner.

Const Wilson was the second police officer killed on the state’s roads yesterday, with a Queensland detective dying after a multi-vehicle crash south of Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast.

Detective Sergeant Stewart Kerlin, 42, was killed when two cars and a truck collided near Woolgoolga about 10am (AEDT).

Fellow officer 43-year-old Detective Senior Constable Paul Meese, who was in the same car, was injured and a 60-year-old woman passenger in the second car also was hurt.

Both were taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, where they are in stable condition.

The two police officers were travelling in an unmarked car to a number of locations around NSW as part of a Queensland Police investigation.

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/police-officer-killed-on-duty/story-e6frg6n6-1111112509264?nk=73412c0e9f8bd4a2da893de353e172e7

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/nsw-officer-killed-in-accident/2006/11/12/1163266395031.html  – same story as above

 

 

Les Kennedy
November 13, 2006

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TO MANY they would seem among the most mundane of police duties: manning a radar camera or getting motorists to take breath tests.

For Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson, 41, doing just that at one of the black spots on the fast-flowing F3 on the Central Coast was a necessary risk.

But in good visibility at 6.45pm on Saturday he was struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle while manning a radar camera in a turning lane in the scrub-lined centre median strip.

Police investigations are continuing into the accident less than two kilometres north of the Somersby interchange, but it is believed the north-bound Mitsubishi Pajero was struck from behind by a black Toyota HiLux utility, causing it to veer across two lanes into the path of Senior Constable Wilson, who was manning the radar with another patrolman.

The sight of the officers in the emergency service vehicle turning gap had caused other motorists travelling in the 110kmh zone to brake for fear of receiving speeding tickets.

Senior Constable Wilson’s colleague escaped being struck and called for an ambulance, but the Scottish-born father of three – two daughters aged 14 and 8 and a son aged 11 – died in Gosford Hospital that night.

The death was the second for the Gosford-based Brisbane Water Highway Patrol in four years, the last that of Senior Constable Chris Thornton, 35, who died on April 13, 2002, during a pursuit in Woy Woy.

It was also the second death of a policeman in NSW within nine hours on Saturday, the first being that of Detective Sergeant Stewart Kerlin, 42, of the Queensland Homicide Squad.

He was killed in an accident on Saturday morning while travelling near Woolgoolga as part of an investigation into a Queensland case.

The families of both officers were offered and have accepted police funerals with full honours.

The Police Commissioner, Ken Moroney, said police would help get Senior Constable Wilson’s parents to Australia from Scotland for his funeral later this week.

Mr Moroney went to Gosford yesterday to meet Senior Constable Wilson’s distressed colleagues, his children, his former wife, Wendy, and his partner, Kylie.

Mr Moroney said Senior Constable Wilson, an officer of eight years, had organised a charity golf day to raise funds for children at Gosford Hospital this Wednesday. It will go ahead.

“I think the great strength that we draw as police is the great strength of the police family. I think that is doubled by the strength that comes from the general community,” Mr Moroney said.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/officers-will-be-buried-with-full-police-honours/2006/11/12/1163266413080.html

 

Death of Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson

About this Item
Subjects Police: New South Wales; Road Accidents; Deaths
Speakers Watkins Mr John; Hartcher Mr Chris
Business Condolence, Ministerial Statement
DEATH OF SENIOR CONSTABLE PETER GORDON WILSON
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Ministerial Statement

Mr JOHN WATKINS

    (Ryde—Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, and Minister for Police) [2.32 p.m.]: I know all members of this House will join me in offering heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and police colleagues of Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson. As the House is probably aware, Senior Constable Wilson, a police officer from the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol, died tragically on Saturday night while undertaking highway patrol duties on the F3. The death of Gordon, as he was known, is a distressing reminder to all of us of the dangers of police work. In working to keep the community safe, this dedicated officer paid with his life. There are few jobs that require people to face up to that kind of risk on a daily basis. We honour and admire all those in New South Wales who pull on the uniform every day, and I place on record my thanks to them all.
    I understand that Gordon Wilson was a popular man, not only among his colleagues in the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol but in the community generally. He was an avid soccer enthusiast, and in recent weeks had devoted himself to organising a charity game between local police and firefighters. The game was to be a curtain raiser to a Central Coast A-League fixture, the proceeds of which Gordon had arranged to go to the children’s ward of Gosford Hospital. Gordon spent considerable time helping to organise the game using his characteristic energy, good humour and leadership to motivate others to take part. The game will be a huge success. It will also be a fitting tribute to a man who cared for his community, both on and off the job. On behalf of the people of New South Wales I say thank you to Gordon Wilson for his dedicated service. He will be laid to rest with full police honours on Friday at Gosford Anglican Church. On behalf of the House I extend sincere condolences to Gordon’s family, friends and colleagues. Their loss, personal and profound as it is, is felt by us all.

Mr CHRIS HARTCHER

    (Gosford) [2.34 p.m.]: On behalf of all members of New South Wales Coalition, and on behalf of the citizens of Gosford, I pay tribute to Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson, who died last Saturday night on the F3 while serving the community. Senior Constable Wilson was born in Scotland and is survived by his fiancée, two daughters and a son. The children are aged between eight and 14. Known as Gordie, Senior Constable Wilson was attached to the highway patrol in the Brisbane Water Local Area Command and was stationed at Gosford. I did not have the privilege of knowing him personally, but he was well known to the shadow Minister for Police, the Hon. Michael Gallacher. Only three weeks ago Mike Gallacher met Peter Wilson at a function at the Mingara Recreation Club which was held in honour of the national servicemen who served our country.
    That night Peter Wilson spoke extensively to Michael Gallacher about how proud he was of his family and of his involvement in Scottish highland dancing. He talked about the upcoming highland dance festival on the Central Coast, which is due to take place in 2007, and his involvement in organising the festival, which will be attended by thousands of people from all over the world. He spoke also of his great pride and support for the Hibernian Soccer Team, which is based in Edinburgh. I note that the New South Wales Commissioner of Police has said that a charity golf day, which had been organised by Peter, will still go ahead. We have all lost a fine police officer. The people of the Central Coast and the community of New South Wales have lost a fine man. May he rest in peace.

Members and officers of the House stood in their places.

Officer was set to wed, mourners told

November 17, 2006 12:00AM

TWO days before he was killed on duty, New South Wales police officer Peter Gordon Wilson told his three children he was going to remarry.

Senior Constable Wilson, 41, had dated girlfriend Kylie McFarland on and off for seven years and the pair had recently chosen a wedding ring.

Before he went to work last Saturday, the couple went through their normal routine, which made her feel more secure about the dangers he faced as a highway patrol officer, Ms McFarland told more than 1000 mourners at the Gosford Anglican church today.

He kissed her and told her he loved her before she said “take care and stay safe”.

The Scottish-born officer was killed later that day while making speed checks on the F3 at Somersby, north of Sydney, when he was hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Today’s congregation, which included police officers from as far away as Tasmania, was told it was his favourite stretch of road.

When he died in Gosford Hospital later that night, his 11-year-old son Callum turned to Ms McFarland and said he also wanted to be a police officer.

Ms McFarland today said she felt most pained for his children, including Caitlin, 14, and Amy 8, and his parents Bill and Elma and sister Hazel.

As for herself, she would miss the little things.

“No one can say my name like he can,” she said.

NSW Police Commissioner Ken Moroney, who visited Ms McFarland on Sunday, Police Minister John Watkins and Opposition police spokesman John Gallacher were among the mourners.

The congregation was told Snr Const Wilson, known as Gordy to his mates, served 12 years with the Royal Air Force before moving to Australia.

He became a probationary police constable in February 1998 and joined the highway patrol about four years later.

Mr Moroney posthumously awarded Snr Const Wilson the NSW Police Medal for his work during a collision involving 34 cars in Calga in October 2004.

“Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson was the type of professional police officer that we could ill afford to lose,” the commissioner said.

Uniformed officers, who stood with their heads bowed during the service, later lined the closed street outside the church.

Snr Const Wilson’s colleagues acted as pall bearers and wept openly as his casket was driven from the church past hundreds of officers, who saluted as it passed.

http://www.news.com.au/national/officer-was-set-to-wed-mourners-told/story-e6frfkp9-1111112540666

 

 

November 17, 2006 – 10:31AM

A highway patrol officer knocked down and killed while conducting speed checks has been posthumously awarded the NSW police medal.

Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson, 41, was operating speed checks on the F3 at Somersby, north of Sydney, when he was run over by a four-wheel drive vehicle on Saturday.

The Scottish-born officer and father of three died later in Gosford Hospital. He had been in the force for 10 years.

Police Commissioner Ken Moroney announced that Const Wilson would receive the honour during the officer’s funeral in Gosford.

More than 1,000 people packed into the Gosford Anglican church to farewell the policeman, who was known as Gordy.

Const Wilson’s fiancee Kylie McFarland and one of his two daughters, Caitlin Wilson, gave eulogies during the service.

Mr Moroney presented the medal to Const Wilson’s son Callum and his parents, who were flown in from Scotland.

The congregation, which included officers from Surry Hills in Sydney’s inner city to Tasmania, was told the award was presented for his excellent work during a collision involving 35 vehicles in Calga on October 22, 2004.

“Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson was the type of professional police officer that we could ill afford to lose,” Mr Moroney said.

“I’m honoured to announce that I have, with agreement from the minister of police, (given) the posthumous award for the NSW police medal to Peter.”

With hats under their left arm and heads bowed, many uniformed officers listened to Ms McFarland recount the routine she shared with her fiance before he went to work.

She said they would spend time together before he kissed her and told her that he loved her. Her reply would be “take care, stay safe”.

Such a routine, she said, made her feel more secure about his role as a highway patrol officer.

Ms McFarland thanked police, including Mr Moroney who visited her on Sunday morning, for attending the service.

Their 11-year-old son Callum, she said, had turned to her at Gosford Hospital soon after his father died and announced that he too wanted to be a police officer.

At the conclusion of the service, uniformed officers and detectives dressed in black suits stood on either side of the closed road outside the church and saluted as Const Wilson’s coffin was driven to the cemetery.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Mourners-gather-for-officers-funeral/2006/11/17/1163266748974.html

 

Australia remembers its fallen officers

Release Date: Friday, September 28 2007, 12:00 AM

Seven police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the Australian community will have their names added to the National Police Memorial in a ceremony in Canberra today.

Touch-stones will be added to the memorial for the following officers who have died on duty in the past year:

  • Senior Constable Ann Brimblecombe – Victoria Police
  • Detective Sergeant Stewart Kerlin – Queensland Police Service
  • Constable Brett Irwin – Queensland Police Service
  • Constable Damien Murphy – Western Australia Police
  • Senior Constable Peter Wilson – NSW Police Force
  • Federal Agent Mark Scott – Australian Federal Police
  • Commander Brice Steele – Australian Federal Police

The touch-stones will be illuminated for the first time during the National Police Remembrance Day service. The service is an annual event involving police from all over Australia and the Pacific nations.

The National Police Memorial was opened last year with the names of 719 fallen officers inscribed on brass touch-stones – with their date and place of death – distributed randomly across the wall.

The memorial honours all police killed on duty, dating back to the 1803 death of Constable Joseph Luker in Sydney. National Police Remembrance Day is also the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, renowned as a fighter of evil and also the Patron Saint of Police.

National Police Remembrance Day will commence with a dawn service at Queanbeyan, where the NSW Police Chaplain will bless the seven touch-stones. The main service will be held from 5pm at Wendouree Drive, Kings Park, Canberra.

Senior Constable Peter Wilson passed away on 11 November 2006 – New South Wales Police Force

Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson joined the New South Wales Police Force as a student police officer on 18 May 1997 and was promoted to constable in early 1999 and a senior constable in 2002.

Senior Constable Wilson was dedicated to ensuring road safety and the implementation of associated traffic law enforcement programs. He was an outstanding example to others to follow in the best traditions of professional policing, courage and commitment.

Senior Constable Wilson was awarded the prestigious New South Wales Police Medal in recognition of his integrity and diligence, not only to the police force but to the people of New South Wales. After 10 years in the service, Senior Constable Wilson was killed on duty by a motor vehicle in November 2006.

His enthusiasm, professionalism and personal efforts as a very dedicated highway patrol officer will never be forgotten by the New South Wales Police Force.

Coroner recommends overhaul of police radar checks

Updated

The death of a New South Wales police officer in a roadside accident three years ago has prompted a coroner to recommend an overhaul of the way radar speed checks are carried out.

Forty-one-year-old senior constable Peter Gordon Wilson was killed when he was struck by a four-wheel-drive while carrying out hand held radar checks in November 2006.

The accident happened on a blackspot of the F3 on the New South Wales central coast.

In handing down his inquest findings today, deputy state coroner Hugh Dillon said police speed checks on foot are extremely dangerous and that should have ben recognised by management well before the accident.

Thirteen recommendations have been made including the elimination of speeding operations by police on foot on multi lane roads, where the limit is greater than 80 kilometres an hour.

 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-08-25/coroner-recommends-overhaul-of-police-radar-checks/1404376

 

 

NSW Police News - May 2009

NSW Police News – May 2009

Peter Gordon WILSON - NSWPF - 2 - MVA 11 Nov 2006

 

REST IN PEACE SENIOR CONSTABLE Peter Gordon WILSON
11 November 2006
NSW Police

TO MANY they would seem among the most mundane of police duties: manning a radar camera or getting motorists to take breath tests.

For Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson, 41, doing just that at one of the black spots on the fast-flowing F3 on the Central Coast was a necessary risk.

But in good visibility at 6.45pm on Saturday he was struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle while manning a radar camera in a turning lane in the scrub-lined centre median strip.

Police investigations are continuing into the accident less than two kilometres north of the Somersby interchange, but it is believed the north-bound Mitsubishi Pajero was struck from behind by a black Toyota HiLux utility, causing it to veer across two lanes into the path of Senior Constable Wilson, who was manning the radar with another patrolman.

The sight of the officers in the emergency service vehicle turning gap had caused other motorists travelling in the 110kmh zone to brake for fear of receiving speeding tickets.

Senior Constable Wilson’s colleague escaped being struck and called for an ambulance, but the Scottish-born father of three – two daughters aged 14 and 8 and a son aged 11 – died in Gosford Hospital that night.

The death was the second for the Gosford-based Brisbane Water Highway Patrol in four years, the last that of Senior Constable Chris Thornton, 35, who died on April 13, 2002, during a pursuit in Woy Woy.

It was also the second death of a policeman in NSW within nine hours on Saturday, the first being that of Detective Sergeant Stewart Kerlin, 42, of the Queensland Homicide Squad

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‘Our boys haven’t been forgotten’: Policemen honoured in Brisbane Water row

September 15, 2015 3:16pm

(L-R) Sarah Matthews, Kylie Kerr and Tracey Holt remember their police officer partners at Gosford waterfront. Brisbane Water LAC officers will be taking to the water in honour of the policemen.

(L-R) Sarah Matthews, Kylie Kerr and Tracey Holt remember their police officer partners at Gosford waterfront. Brisbane Water LAC officers will be taking to the water in honour of the policemen.

When Sarah Matthews returned home after her shift at Gosford Hospital on the evening of April 13, 2002 and spotted a row of waiting police cars she thought the neighbours were having a noisy party.

“It never struck me what was coming next,” remembers the emergency nurse who was told the worst — her fiance Senior-Constable Chris Thornton had been killed on duty hours earlier.

“It didn’t hit me. Even when I was told. I don’t think that’s something that ever leaves you.”

This week Miss Matthews, Kylie Kerr and Tracey Holt will get together to remember their partners, Sen-Constable Thornton, Sen-Constable Peter Gordon Wilson and Sergeant Richard Whittaker, who all died on duty while with the Brisbane Water Local Area Command.

(L-R) Brisbane Water Inspector Paul Nicholls, Tracey Holt, Brisbane Water Commander Daniel Sullivan, Sarah Matthews and Kylie Kerr at Gosford Waterfront ahead of the NSW Police Legacy row. Picture: Mark Scott

(L-R) Brisbane Water Inspector Paul Nicholls, Tracey Holt, Brisbane Water Commander Daniel Sullivan, Sarah Matthews and Kylie Kerr at Gosford Waterfront ahead of the NSW Police Legacy row. Picture: Mark Scott

On Thursday officers from Brisbane Water LAC will take part in a paddle to raise money for NSW Police Legacy to support the families of fallen officers.

“You never want to be a part of Legacy but now we are part of this unique group and without Legacy we wouldn’t have each other,” Miss Matthews said.

But for two of the women, the close bond was forged by their shared loss and haunting similarities in how their partners lost their lives.

Sen-Constable Thornton, 35, died in a motor vehicle accident while on patrol in Woy Woy in 2002, while Mrs Kerr’s long-term partner Sen-Constable Wilson, 41, was killed when he was hit by a car while carrying out speed checks on the M1 at Somersby in 2006.

Both men were based at Brisbane Water LAC, both died in car accidents on a Saturday night, and both had the same patrol car number — 202.

Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson with fiance Kylie Kerr.

Senior Constable Peter Gordon Wilson with fiance Kylie Kerr.

“This special event means our boys haven’t been forgotten,” Miss Matthews said, adding that the support of Legacy has enabled her to move on. “You have to take that step forward. You can’t be angry, because that just eats away at you.”

Senior Constable Chris Thornton was killed on duty during a high-speed pursuit at Woy Woy in 2002.

Senior Constable Chris Thornton was killed on duty during a high-speed pursuit at Woy Woy in 2002.

“This special event means our boys haven’t been forgotten,” Miss Matthews said, adding that the support of Legacy has enabled her to move on. “You have to take that step forward. You can’t be angry, because that just eats away at you.”

“This special event means our boys haven’t been forgotten,” Miss Matthews said, adding that the support of Legacy has enabled her to move on. “You have to take that step forward. You can’t be angry, because that just eats away at you.”

Mrs Holt, whose husband Sgt Whittaker was stationed at the Gosford drug unit and was involved in drug investigations at the time of his death when he died from a brain haemorrhage in 1991, said the annual paddle is a “beautiful day”. “It is amazing the effort Daniel Sullivan and the team put in to keep the memory going of old work mates and have a good time doing it,” she said.

Sergeant Richard Whittaker who died on duty with Brisbane Water Local Area Command in 1991. Picture: Supplied

Sergeant Richard Whittaker who died on duty with Brisbane Water Local Area Command in 1991. Picture: Supplied

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/our-boys-havent-been-forgotten-policemen-honoured-in-brisbane-water-row/story-fngr8h0p-1227528821582

 

 

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