The grave of Constable Michael Broderick.
The grave of Constable Michael Broderick. Contributed

Town stops to remember police officer killed by horse

JUST over 110 years ago, Charleville Police Station's Sub Inspector, second-in-charge went to work as usual but it was ultimately an action that would cost him his life.

Constable Michael Broderick fell from his horse while on a job, later dying from the injuries he sustained on May 9, 1909.

George Balsillie from Historic House Museum said it was a shame there were no photos or archives of him.

"All we really know is that he was killed while on his horse on the edge of town," he said.

"We've never actually seen any photos of him. It's a shame."

Minister for Police, the Honourable Mark Ryan, joined Commissioner Katarina Carroll to pause and pay tribute to the 147 fallen Queensland Police Service officers in honour of National Police Remembrance Day.

This year marks the 30-year anniversary of commemorations across the country, with the occasion marked with marches and services across Queensland.

Commissioner Carroll said the importance of the Service coming together was to recognise the greatest sacrifice that can be made.

"We must never forget those who have been lost to us and similarly, we must never forget their families, their partners, their friends and their colleagues, who have also sacrificed and lost so much," she said.

"We as a service have more than 15, 000 interactions with the public every day, some through the regular course of our duties and some through dangerous and emergent situations.

"National Police Remembrance Day not only honours those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, but also recognises the commitment, dedication and bravery of all past, present and future police officers."

Mr Ryan said services, marches and vigils had been held across the state for the community and police to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"I have comfort in knowing their memories will live on in the hearts and minds of their loved ones," he said.



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