ITS not a job, but a duty and for some, the ultimate sacrifice is made.
Queensland police paused on Friday to salute fallen officers as part of Police Remembrance Day commemorations.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Cameron Harsley, who spoke at Birkdale’s St George’s Anglican Church, talked about Goodna police station officer Constable Peter McAuley.
The 24-year-old officer was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition on Thursday after he was hit by a car in Booval.
He had placed road spikes over Brisbane Road to stop the alleged stolen vehicle before being struck about 5am.
Two teenagers were charged with attempted murder in relation to the incident.
"No greater sacrifice can be made then those we acknowledge today," Mr Harsley said.
The service, led by Reverend Scott Gunthorpe, acknowledged the uncertainty each day faced by police officers, who were called out to emergent or dangerous situations when needed.
Police Remembrance Day recognises not only the fallen, but also the commitment, dedication and bravery of all past, present and future police officers.
Brisbane region’s Chief Superintendent Brian Swan, Superintendent Virginia Nelson and Bayside Patrol Group’s Inspector Tony Ridge attended the service with officers, retired police, their families, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and Redland City councillors.
Wreaths were laid by on behalf of Queensland Police Service, Police Legacy, Redland City Council, Queensland Retired Police Association, Capalaba Rotary and other groups, including suicide support organisation Standby.
The ceremony included readings of the Prayer of Intercession and the Police Ode, with the Sounding of the Requiescant performed by bugler Lauren Folster.
Commissioned officers were piped from the service by Cleveland Senior Watchhouse officer Nathan Bedford.