On Tuesday, July 18, a memorial service was held at the Ferny Grove Police Station to commemorated the 10thanniversary of the tragic loss in the line of duty of Constable Brett Andrew Irwin registered number 4020316 of the Ferny Grove Police Station.
At approximately at 10.50pm on July 18, 2007, Constable Brett Irwin and his shift partner attended a residential address in Keperra to execute an arrest warrant on an adult male who had failed to appear in court.
As Constable Irwin approached the rear door of the address, he was shot and fatally wounded by the man wanted on the warrant. Unknown to Constable Irwin or his partner, the wanted man and an acquaintance had robbed a motel in Kippa-Ring, at gunpoint about 7.20pm that same night in order to steal cash for drugs.
More than 3,000 people subsequently attended Constable Irwin’s funeral at St Stephens Catholic Church on Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, along with police officers from as far away as New Zealand, to pay their respects and honour this highly respected and well-liked young officer.
Attending the 10th anniversary memorial service were members from Brett’s family, including his mother Christine; Commissioner of the Queensland Police, Mr Ian Stewart; Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations, Mr Peter Martin; Assistant Commissioner, Brisbane Region, Mr Bob Gee; Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support Command, Mr Mike Condon; Chief Superintendent Brent Carter, District Officer, North Brisbane District; Mr Andrew Gough, Queensland Police Legacy; Senior Sergeant Shayne Maxwell representing the Queensland Police Union of Employees; Mr Mark Furner, Member for Ferny Grove, Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships; Mr Tim Mander, Member for Everton, Shadow Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Shadow Minister Corrective Services; and fellow colleagues from the QPS, partner emergency service agencies and members from the broader community.
During the ceremony a number of speeches were conducted in memory of Brett and floral tributes were laid in his honour.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Senior Sergeant Ryan, current Officer in Charge of the Ferny Grove Police Station, reassured Brett’s family that his legacy would always live on at the Ferny Grove Police Station and he would never be forgotten.
With honour and courage Brett served.
Lest We Forget his service, memory and sacrifice.