A tribute to fallen law officers
POLICE from across the Maryborough district took time out of their schedules yesterday to pay tribute to the 137 Queensland police officers who have died while on duty.
St Mary's Catholic Church in Maryborough was awash with blue uniforms as police officers, their families and other community members gathered for the Police Remembrance Day service at 10am.
Other church services and cand-lelight vigils were held in towns and cities across the state.
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said Police Remembrance Day was the most significant date on the police calendar.
Mr Atkinson said the day recognised those who had died in the line of duty, as well as the bravery and commitment of all past, present and future police officers.
“Every police officer swears an oath to protect and serve the people of Queensland,” he said.
“Unfortunately the protection of our rights and freedom is not without risk.
“No matter how well trained or equipped an officer may be, sadly there will be times when the forces of fate conspire against us and an officer's life is lost.”
Blue ribbons were worn yesterday to remember those who have died on the job.