South West police officers remembered in moving ceremony

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The Pearson family – who lost their son Sen. Const. Jamie Pearson in 2004 – lay flowers during Bunbury’s Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconThe Pearson family – who lost their son Sen. Const. Jamie Pearson in 2004 – lay flowers during Bunbury’s Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

South West police alongside family and friends of officers who have died in the line of duty paid their respects in a moving remembrance day ceremony this morning.

As National Police Remembrance Day ceremonies were held across the country, more than 100 people gathered at Bunbury Police Station to pay their respects.

The Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station.
Camera IconThe Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

South West Supt Geoff Stewart said today’s ceremony was “hugely important” for both police and their families.

“We have got the best job in the world, but unfortunately with that comes some very tragic risk,” Supt Stewart said.

South West Supt Geoff Stewart pays his respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconSouth West Supt Geoff Stewart pays his respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“The South West district isn’t immune to losing police officers.

“When we lose someone, those family members are still part of the police family and it (remembrance day) is so important, not only to them but to us as well.

Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School students perform the Welcome to Country at Bunbury’s Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconDjidi Djidi Aboriginal School students perform the Welcome to Country at Bunbury’s Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“I’m sure that the families that were at the ceremony today, would have loved nothing more than seeing their brother, their son, standing with the rest of us out there today.

“And I can only imagine the pain that continues with that, but we’re a family and we’ll be there to support them forever.”

The Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station.
Camera IconThe Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The national day of recognition is held on, or near, September 29 every year.

South West police pay their respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconSouth West police pay their respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
South West police pay their respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconSouth West police pay their respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan pays his respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconBunbury Mayor Gary Brennan pays his respects during Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconBunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
Bunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony.
Camera IconBunbury's Police Remembrance Day ceremony. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
South West District police pay their respects during National Police Remembrance Day.
Camera IconSouth West District police pay their respects during National Police Remembrance Day. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
The Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station.
Camera IconThe Bunbury community pays its respect during National Police Remembrance Day at Bunbury Police Station. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

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