Sacrifice not to be forgotten
A LONE piper's lament pierced the air as wreaths were laid during a touching tribute to Rockhampton policeman Norm Watt - a pledge to never forget the slain dog squad Senior Constable powerfully honoured by serving and retired officers, family and the wider community.
Inspector Terry Hill spoke of Norm Watt's work ethic, his willingness to place himself in danger and the respect in which he continues to be held, 10 years after he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
More than 100 marched behind the Queensland Police Pipes and Drum Band along Bolsover and down Denham streets before a service in the memorial garden adjacent to Rockhampton Police Station.
Wreaths were laid by, among others, Senior Constable Watt's family, Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson, Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan (representing Police Minister Neil Roberts) and Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling.
Greg Watt, Norm's brother, said afterwards it was a lovely ceremony and a great honour for the family to see the respect shown by Norm's former colleagues.
"Everyone appreciates what they do. They have come from all over the state to honour him," Greg said.
Norm Watt was posted to Rockhampton and served in the Criminal Investigation Branch and Traffic Branch before joining the Dog Squad in 1994.
He was shot and killed, on July 21 2000, when he attended a domestic dispute at Alton Downs.