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Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, joined hundreds of police officers and supporters over the weekend in the inaugural Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance in order to pay tribute to the brave officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione was amongst the group of almost 350 riders who left Sydney, which slowed at several locations along the Hume and Federal Highways where police officers lost their lives in the line of duty.
Motorcycle riders from around Australia then joined together in Canberra to ride in convoy, circling Parliament House and then onto the National Police Memorial in Canberra for a special service to honour more than 700 police officers who have paid the ultimate price protecting our communities. A solitary piper then played the Last Post at the memorial as the sombre crowd stood united.
Mr Hayes said “I know that policing comes with a degree of risk that thankfully most members of the community will never have to face, and with the recent death of 26 year old Detective Constable William ‘Bill’ Crews, the timing for this ride was a poignant reminder of the danger involved in police work.
“Through my close involvement with the police over many years, I have come to understand that it takes a special kind of person and a special kind of courage and commitment to wear the police uniform. We are truly indebted to the men and women who do so.”
Mr Hayes said “The ride had been a long time in the planning and I would personally like to acknowledge the efforts of the National Police Memorial Executive, The Police Association of Victoria, New South Wales Police Association and motorcyclists within the police family in Victoria and New South Wales for the fitting way to remember the fallen”.
Funds raised for the ride will go to the Police Legacy fund to support the partners and children of officers killed at work.
Mr Hayes said “Finally to all members of the NSW Police, you are making a genuine difference and on behalf of a very grateful community, thank you.”