Ultimate sacrifice honoured
POLICE who have lost their lives in the line of duty were honoured at Saint Anthony's Church, Kingscliff, for National Police Remembrance Day yesterday.
Kingscliff Parish priest Father James Griffin presided over the service yesterday morning.
Fr Griffin said police officers put themselves at risk for the safety, justice and peace of the community.
“For those that choose to enforce the law, they may pay the ultimate price,” Fr Griffin said.
He called on the community to support and encourage its police officers, who can suffer mentally and physic- ally in the course of their work.
“They give themselves totally for others, at times they may lose their lives and sometimes they lose their hearts,” Father Griffin said.
Tweed Police Superintendent Michael Kenny said Remembrance Day was one of the most important events on the police calendar.
“Police swear an oath of office that to the best of their abilities, they will preserve peace for all to enjoy,” Supt Kenny said.
“They walk out each day ready to place themselves between good and evil, and they do this knowing they could all pay the ultimate price.”
Supt Kenny paid tribute to Detective Senior Constable Dave McCormack, who was tragically killed while off-duty in a car crash caused by a reckless driver in August 2007.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest was among those to lay a wreath at the service.
“Our cops serve in the face of considerable danger, and it is a great tragedy each time one falls in the line of duty,” Mr Provest said.