Police officers honoured for trying to save Brett Forte
FOUR officers will be bestowed Queensland policing's highest honour today for their bravery in trying to save the life of their slain colleague Senior Constable Brett Forte in May.
Constable Forte - who was shot and killed by gunman Rick Maddison near Gatton, west of Brisbane - will also have a plaque unveiled in his honour this week, ahead of National Police Remembrance Day this Friday.
Constable Forte was shot in the chest multiple times by Maddison, after he and his partner Senior Constable Cath Nielsen had attempted to pull over the known criminal in their car on a dirt road at Helidon. After being shot, Constable Forte reversed their police car away from danger, but rolled it.
Constable Nielsen used her bare hands to tear a hole in the windscreen of her upturned car, so she and others could drag wounded Constable Forte away from Maddison's rain of bullets. She will be honoured with the Valour Award. Senior constables Scott Hill and Stephen Barlow and Constable Brittany Poulton also will receive the honour.