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Stephen John TIER


Stephen John TIER

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #  18680

Redfern Police Academy Class # 163

Rank:   Commenced Training at Redfern Police Academy on Monday 9 April 1979 ( aged 18 years, 11 months, 6 days )

Probationary Constable – appointed Monday 25 June 1979 ( aged 19 years, 1 month, 2 days )

Constable – appointed 25 June 1980

Detective – appointed ? ? ?

Constable 1st Class – appointed 25 June 1984

Final Rank:  Detective Constable 1st Class

Stations?, Dapto – Death

ServedFrom 9 April 1979  to  24 July 1985 = 6 years, 3 months, 15 days Service

BornTuesday 3 May 1960

Age:  25 years, 2 months, 21 days

DiedWednesday 24 July 1985

CauseMotor Vehicle Pursuit – Driver, Princes Hwy, Kembla Grange ( Unanderra )

Funeral Date? 1985

Funeral location?

Grave location:  Lakeside Cemetery, Kanahooka Rd, Kanahooka, NSW

Memorial location: External Wall leading into Lake Illawarra Police Station and photo, on wall, inside Lake Illawarra Police Station


On 24 July, 1985 Detective Constable Tier was the driver, and single occupant, of an unmarked police vehicle engaged in the pursuit of an unknown vehicle on the Princes Highway, Unanderra.  During the pursuit the police vehicle left the roadway and collided with a telegraph pole.


The constable was born in 1960 and joined the New South Wales Police Force on 15 January, 1979.

At the time of his death he was stationed at Dapto.


STEPHEN is mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance

Steve Tier holding his son, Joshua Tier.
Stephen Tier holding his son, Joshua Tier.


Det Cst Stephen John Tier
Det Cst Stephen John Tier – 20 April 1983 playing Police Football for Wollongong.

NSW Police Force Detective Constable Stephen John TIER Died in the line of duty. Unanderra, NSW 24 July 1985

NSW Police Force. This memorial is in recognition to the following members of the NSW Police Force who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Dedicated by the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command. 29 September 2014. National Police Remembrance Day.


Stephen TIER – Touch pad at the National Police Wall of Remembrance, Canberra.


Stephen John TIER - Grave

Stephen John TIER, Steve TIER
Stephen John TIER Memorial inside Oak Flats Police Station, NSW.



Police Remembrance Day:

Family members lay a wreath for Det Const Stephen John Tier. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI
Family members lay a wreath for Det Const Stephen John Tier. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI   Lake Illawarra Commander Acting Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis to the left.

Almost 60 years on, Kenneth Nash still misses his uncle Allen.

Sergeant Allen William Nash, aged 40, was killed in the line of duty by a gun-wielding offender at Primbee in 1956.

Sgt Nash was one of eight officers stationed in the Lake Illawarra local area command who were recognised with memorial plaques on a wall of honour outside Lake Illawarra police station on Monday, as part of Police Remembrance Day commemorations.

Dozens of current and retired officers, families, friends, politicians, councillors and members of the public gathered at Oak Flats for a ceremony to unveil the memorial wall, and honour past and present officers.


Since 1862, more than 250 NSW Police officers have died in the line of duty.



Deadly toll

By Jonathan Pearlman
November 6, 2004

Alone in his patrol car, Chris Thornton had the police siren flashing as he chased a white sedan through Woy Woy.

Thornton, 35, a highway patrolman, had been in the force for 15 years. He was, his mother says, “the best driver I have ever seen”.

The reason for the chase that night in April 2002 is unknown. Both cars were seen travelling at high speed. Thornton was about 50 metres behind.

Meanwhile, Leonard Rowley, 56, an unlicensed driver, was driving to his local KFC to pick up dinner. He saw the first car flash past and judged – wrongly – that he had time to turn out in front of the patrol car. Thornton tried to avoid Rowley’s car but clipped the back, veered onto the wrong side of the road and hit a power pole.

Thornton died on the spot, which is marked by a permanent stainless-steel cross. Rowley later received a suspended two-year sentence.

“His life from the age of 12 was about helping people,” says Thornton’s mother, Freada Thornton. “He was in the surf club and he was there to rescue people and then he went into the force and he was doing the same thing.” His father, Barry Thornton, says: “He loved life. He had been in Gosford for 15 years and was so popular with the community there.”

Police pursuits are, says Barry, a necessary evil: “If they don’t catch the criminals there will be more deaths on the roads. The ones that they’re in pursuit of are the idiots that have done the wrong thing to start with.”

But pursuits have come at a cost to the NSW Police Department. Fifteen officers have died as a result of high-speed chases, beginning with the death of Constable George Boore in 1937.

Details provided by the NSW Police Association show a steady stream of fatalities involving cars and motorcycles. The full list of casualties is as follows:

April 2, 1937: Constable George Boore;

June 2, 1954: Constable Cecil Sewell;

November 14, 1958: Constable Brian Boaden;

December 23, 1958: Constable William Lord;

October 14, 1961: Constable James Kinnane;

September 7, 1963: Constable Colin Robb;

December 2, 1976: Constable Terry Moncur;

January 3, 1985: Constable Wayne Rixon;

July 25, 1985: Detective-Constable Stephen Tier;

October 20, 1987: Constable Themelis Macarounas;

August 24, 1988: Constable Peter Carter;

June 13, 1989: Constable Peter Figtree;

June 14, 1989: Senior Constable Glenn Rampling;

January 14, 2001: Senior Constable James Affleck;

April 13, 2002: Senior Constable Christopher Thornton.



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