Police remember a fine colleague

Ballina policeman Sergeant Colin McKenzie, who died at a Police Remembrance Day rehearsal in Canberra last Thursday.

For family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Colin McKenzie, last Fridays Police Remembrance Day is one they will never forget.

Sergeant McKenzie, who was head of the Ballina Highway Patrol, became ill and collapsed during last Thursdays Remembrance Day rehearsal in Canberra. He died later in hospital and at this stage the cause of death is unknown.

During Fridays service at St Carthages Cathedral, Sergeant McKenzie was honoured by colleagues who paid tribute to his dedicated work on the highways of NSW.

Sergeant McKenzie, 50, had been with NSW Police for more than 30 years. He joined in 1975 and was transferred to Goulburn in 1977, where he served until moving to Maitland in 1986, followed by Raymond Terrace Highway Patrol in 1988. He transferred to Ballina in 1995 and lived at Goonellabah with his wife, Jill.

He was an exceptionally committed and dedicated police officer and it wouldnt be incorrect to say that, thanks to his hard work and dedication, he has saved many, many lives on our highways over the years, said Inspector David Larkin of Ballina Police. It is an incredibly sad time for everyone here and a terrible loss to the community.

Sergeant Colin McKenzies funeral will be held today (Thursday, October 5) at St Andrews Anglican Church in Lismore at 11am.

Police have requested that people wishing to donate flowers instead donate money to the Heart Foundation or the RSPCA, as these charities were close to Sergeant McKenzies heart.

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