OFFICERS from the Mid North Coast Police District paused in Port Macquarie today (September 29) to mark Police Remembrance Day and the colleagues they have lost.
They were joined by police from across the country to reflect on the legacy left by their 274 fallen colleagues.
Superintendent Shane Cribb led the service which this year acknowledged the work of police officers and associated staff during the 2019 Black Summer bushfires and throughout the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Supt Cribb read the Police Commissioner's address that encouraged the community to remember those police officers who have paid the ultimate price while serving their community.
Commissioner Mick Fuller said, despite having to physically distance, the police family have come together to make sure their fallen colleagues were not forgotten.
"It's a very solemn day for all police officers across the state as we remember those who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty," Commissioner Fuller said.
"Sadly, we have another name to add to this list with young Constable Aaron Vidal, who had a bright future ahead of him, joining those who have come before him.
"We ask the community to keep him, his family and all police families in your thoughts today and remember their service."
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, said the extraordinary events of this year have proven how crucial police officers are to the fabric of society.
"During the Black Summer bushfires, thousands of officers were involved in the relief effort, conducting lifesaving work for their communities. The men and women in blue have also been on the frontline during the fight against COVID-19," he said.
"These operations have played an enormous part in keeping our state safe and every officer in the force deserves thanks for their efforts this, and every year.
"This year, we pay tribute to Constable Aaron Vidal, a beloved member of the Sydney City Police Area Command. His passing is a loss to the whole community. And we mourn with his family, friends and colleagues."