Queensland shines blue to honour Victoria’s fallen officers

Landmarks across Queensland will shine blue tonight, honouring four Victorian police officers who lost their lives on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway on Wednesday, April 22.

Key buildings including the Story Bridge, Police Headquarters and the sacred acre at the Oxley Police Academy will be illuminated as a tribute to Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney.

The officers will be laid to rest in funeral services over the coming days.

We are Victoria Police. Four of us didn’t make it home.

But we’re here to make sure you do. pic.twitter.com/Hvs2H0duZF

– Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) April 23, 2020

Full list of illuminated sites:

  • Police Headquarters (Thursday 30 April – Monday 4 May)
  • Oxley Police Academy (Thursday 30 April – Monday 4 May)
  • Townsville Police Academy (Thursday 30 April – Monday 4 May)
  • Brisbane sign, South Bank (Thursday 30 April)
  • The Arbor, South Bank (Thursday 30 April)
  • Victoria Bridge abutment, South Bank (Thursday 30 April)
  • The waterfalls and fountains in Roma Street Parklands (Thursday 30 April)
  • Qld Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) (Thursday 30 April)
  • Story Bridge (Thursday 30 April)
  • Victoria Bridge (Thursday 30 April)
  • Kurilpa Bridge (Thursday 30 April)
  • City Hall (Thursday 30 April)
  • Tropical Dome Mt Coot-tha (Thursday 30 April)
  • Wickham Terrace Carpark (Thursday 30 April)
  • Treasury Casino Brisbane (Thursday 30 April)

Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the lighting up of the landmarks was a small gesture but a fitting tribute to the officers.

“I am deeply saddened, as I know the whole community will be, for what is an incredibly tragic time for our Victoria Police colleagues. This loss of life is truly felt by our broader policing family right across Australia.

“With Honour They Served.”

You can find out more about police officers who have been killed in the line of duty or have died as a result of their duties at the National Police Memorial npm.org.au and the Queensland Police Memorial www.police.qld.gov.au/police-memorial.

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