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IN PICTURES: Tributes flow in Katanning for National Police Remembrance Day

Harry GrigsonGreat Southern Herald
Katanning and Tambellup officers.
Camera IconKatanning and Tambellup officers. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

Residents and police officers assembled at Police Pools in Katanning this past Friday to pay tribute to National Police Remembrance Day.

With touching salutes, officers from both the Katanning and Tambellup police forces honoured their comrades who have died before them.

Katanning Senior Sergeant Luke Chantler co-ordinated the event, emphasising the profound importance of the day to the Katanning police force.

Katanning's St John's Ambulance and police officers.
Camera IconKatanning's St John's Ambulance and police officers. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

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“Police Remembrance Day holds immense significance for the Katanning police, particularly this year with the recent loss of Constable Anthony Woods and given two officers at Katanning personally knew him,” Sen. Sgt Chantler said.

“The day provides an opportunity for police and the community alike to remember those who have been lost in the line of duty.”

The officers laid handcuffs, a cap, a radio and a code of conduct by the plinth as a symbolic gesture of their work in serving the community.

Sonia Brooker, Jodie Boder, Doug Cherry, Barb Groves, Kathleen Hull and Sue Cherry from St John's Katanning.
Camera IconSonia Brooker, Jodie Boder, Doug Cherry, Barb Groves, Kathleen Hull and Sue Cherry from St John's Katanning. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

Wreaths were then laid by attendees to show their appreciation for the officers’ work.

After paying tribute to past and present police officers, attendees gathered at the Katanning Police Station for a free barbecue.

“All of us at Katanning Police Station were honoured to see such a showing of support from the community of Katanning and the day serves to remind us of the importance of the bond between police and community,” Sen. Sgt Chantler said.

Community members pay their respects to the officers who have served in the past.
Camera IconCommunity members pay their respects to the officers who have served in the past. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Pastor Nigel Heard gives his blessing.
Camera IconPastor Nigel Heard gives his blessing. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Wreaths laid by the plinth at Police Pools.
Camera IconWreaths laid by the plinth at Police Pools. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Norma Hersey and Irene Matthews.
Camera IconNorma Hersey and Irene Matthews. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Sen. Sgt Luke Chantler was on barbecue duty at the police station.
Camera IconSen. Sgt Luke Chantler was on barbecue duty at the police station. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Katanning councillors John Goodheart, back, Kristy D'Aprile and Liz Guidera.
Camera IconKatanning councillors John Goodheart, back, Kristy D'Aprile and Liz Guidera. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Therese Reynolds, Ann Bedson and Sheralee Buss.
Camera IconTherese Reynolds, Ann Bedson and Sheralee Buss. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Susan Lee and Anapa Katie.
Camera IconSusan Lee and Anapa Katie. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Katanning's Police Remembrance Day ceremony at Police Pools.
Camera IconKatanning's Police Remembrance Day ceremony at Police Pools. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald
Katanning Rotary Club's Andrew Pritchard, Alan McFarland and Tina Jones.
Camera IconKatanning Rotary Club's Andrew Pritchard, Alan McFarland and Tina Jones. Credit: Harry Grigson/Great Southern Herald

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