A contingent of 55 South Coast Police officers gathered at Kiama Police Station on Saturday before heading off on the annual Wall to Wall – ride for Remembrance to Canberra in honour of fallen colleagues.
They then linked with hundreds of other riders in Goulburn for the final leg. The breakfast and raffle in Kiama before the ride raised $1006.45 for the family of the late Nick Skomarow.
Approximately 700 NSW Police officers, including Commissioner Andrew Scipione, participated in the ride, setting off from various locations throughout the state.
The widow of Detective Inspector Anderson, Donna Anderson, attended the ceremony at the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance, while Detective Inspector Anderson’s brothers, Warwick and Damon, will participate in the ride. Warwick Anderson will be riding Detective Inspector Anderson’s bike.
Commissioner Scipione said the ride was one of the most important police events of the year.
“Over the 151 year history of the NSW Police Force, 252 officers have lost their lives while serving the people of this state,” Commissioner Scipione said.
“In addition to recognising the ultimate sacrifice our fallen officers have made, it’s vital we do everything we can to support the loved ones they leave behind.
“The Wall to Wall Ride provides the perfect format to do both. In addition to honouring the legacy of our fallen brothers and sisters, it helps us raise money for their families.”