Charleys Creek parkrun in Chinchilla held a ‘blue and white’ themed event to honour the police and supporting services who have been impacted by the tragic loss of two local police officers last week.
With more than 60 people in attendance, Run Director Ronald Thompson set the scene by recognising the nursing staff, doctors, paramedics and firefighters who either attended the site or looked after the injured.
“parkrun helps people connect in a safe way and has a real focus on mental health and wellbeing in such a tight community,” Ronald said.
“It was extremely cathartic to see the group come together and mourn the loss. With people there on the day who saw first hand the impact, it was a sombre event.”
Kat Hart, a wife and partner of a local police officer, read a message before a minute silence was observed.
“Firstly, I just wanted to thank those who have come today to show their support of the Queensland Police Service. I didn’t know Rachael and Matthew but I thought it was important today to speak up and pay tribute to these two individuals.
“I want to acknowledge them for not only what they did but who they were as people. They are human, just like us, doing their jobs and they have paid the ultimate price. My thoughts are with their family and friends at this devastating time. My thoughts are also with the family of Alan Dare, another victim in this tragedy.
“I must also say that it is also a time to reflect on the heroic and courageous efforts of Randall and Keely. They both put their lives on the line, and I am truly grateful for that. Matthew, and Rachel, you are in our thoughts today and for years to come.
“I would like to invite you to join with me in a minute silence to pay tribute to these brave humans. With honour they served.”
Kat then started the event and volunteered as a timekeeper.
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