- Bloody Slow Cup brings Newman community together to commemorate plane tragedy
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has paid her respects at the site of a plane crash which killed four Western Australia Police Force officers on Australia Day 2001.
Mrs Roberts and Commissioner of Police Chris Dawson joined families of the officers for a remembrance ceremony this morning at the crash site near Newman.
Senior Constables Donald Everett and Philip Ruland, First Class Constable David Dewar and Constable Gavin Capes were returning from the Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra when the plane's engines failed.
The tragedy is the greatest loss of police life in a single incident in Australia's history and had a profound impact on the community of Newman.
The Minister and Commissioner Dawson today joined locals at several community and sporting events in Newman, ahead of this evening's main tribute match - The Bloody Slow Cup.
The rugby match between Australians and Kiwis has become one of Newman's major sporting and social events and raises thousands of dollars for WA Police Legacy.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"I am grateful for the opportunity to travel to Newman today with the Commissioner to be part of such a dignified ceremony to honour the memories of these fine officers.
"The impact of this terrible tragedy on the officer's families, friends, colleagues and the community of Newman was and still is to this day profound.
"Being a police officer can be a difficult, complex and very dangerous job and I acknowledge the service of all our dedicated and courageous men and women, some who tragically make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and keep the community safe."
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