MPs paid tribute to fallen police
QUEENSLAND'S parliament has honoured the sixth-month anniversary of Detective Senior Constable Damian Leeding's tragic death.
The Gold Coast police officer was shot during an armed hold-up in June and his family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support system in the days following the event.
He died shortly afterwards at the Gold Coast Hospital, with his family by his side.
At the time of his passing Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said any death is a tragedy, but the death of a police officer while he is responding to a crime and attempting to help those in danger is particularly devastating.
"This is a decision no family should have to make and my heart goes out to Damian's wife and children and his extended family," Premier Bligh said at the time.
Queensland parliament also paid tribute to Sergeant Daniel Stiller who died a year ago on Thursday while escorting a wide load in central Queensland.
Police Minister Neil Roberts paid tribute to the men as he spoke about the latest crime statistics, which show a three per cent fall in the state's overall crime rate in 2010/11 compared with the previous year.
"Our thoughts are with their families and friends as they continue to cope with the consequences of these tragic losses," he said.