Statement on Eastern Freeway tragedy

The Victim Impact Statements relating to the Eastern Freeway tragedy, highlight the ongoing sacrifice of frontline Victoria Police officers, their families and loved ones across the state.

On the 22nd April 2020, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Joshua Prestney, were tragically killed in the line of duty on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway.

Yesterday in court, family and friends of these fallen officers shared the full impact of their loss.  Victorians heard about the loving, passionate, dedicated and community first attitudes of each of these officers.

This tragedy serves as a painful reminder of the dangers faced and sacrifices made by all frontline emergency service workers. The legacy of these officers and the impact of their loss, must never be forgotten.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police & Community Safety, David Southwick:

“This tragic incident and the ongoing loss for family, friends and colleagues is an utter tragedy.  The bravery and sacrifice of these officers must never be forgotten.

“2020 was an incredibly challenging year for Victoria Police and this incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that frontline officers face every day.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Victim Support, Brad Battin:

“These powerful victim impact statements yet again highlight the need for the voice of victims to be front and centre in our justice system.”

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