NSW has paused to honour our fallen police officers this National Police Remembrance Day with a COVID-safe ceremony and lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails in blue and white.
This year, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, and Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM joined the family of the late Constable Aaron Vidal to pay tribute to his life and service by adding his name to the Wall of Remembrance.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said although the ceremony is different this year, it is no less meaningful.
“In previous years, hundreds of officers have come together to pay tribute to the sacrifice of fallen officers but this year we reflect on the duty, sacrifice and memory of our NSW Police Officers in separate solidarity,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The men and women of the force put their safety on the line everyday to serve and protect their communities and we cannot thank them enough.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the extraordinary events of this year have proven how crucial our police officers are to the fabric of our society.
“Our state owes a debt of gratitude to all the members of the NSW Police Force, who have been on the frontline in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and were integral in the response to last season’s bushfires,” Mr Elliott said.
“This year, we pay tribute to NSW Police 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.”
Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM 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.”