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Remembering those police officers who went to work and never came home

Police officers who died in the line of duty will be remembered in Armidale during a ceremony and service at Armidale Uniting Church on Friday, September 27, when National Police Remembrance Day is commemorated throughout every state.

Detective Sergeant Mark Garvey, stationed at Armidale in the New England Police District, said it was an important day because was the one-day of the year police officers could look back and remember fellow fallen officers.

"It initially stated in NSW and has been going for a number of years," he said.

"Now, it has gone to all of the districts and also New Zealand as well.

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DS Garvey said he did not think there would be many officers, who had served for a number of years, who did not know someone who had been lost.

"And that's why it is so personal. These were people who we have lived and worked with over many years," he said.

"That's why it is not only important to remember them, but it is also important to brings it home to all the members because of their personal connection to the officers that have gone.

"It leaves a big hole. If you lose someone from the station it effects everyone, and whole Districts for that matter."

DS Garvey said all members of the public were invited to attend a small police parade at 9.45am in front of the church prior to the service at 10am, to be followed by a small morning tea.

As with other states, NSW's Police Wall of Remembrance contains the names of all those fallen officers. It's located within the Domain in Sydney, and DS Garvey frowned slightly when asked how many names were on it.

"I'm not sure about the exact number, but I can get back to you on that because it actually changes every year," he said grimly.

This story 'It's our day, when we get to remember our fallen colleagues' first appeared on The Armidale Express.