JIM Allen handed in his gun and police badge 23 years ago and yesterday he remembered those who were not given the opportunity to retire.
Yesterday was National Police Remembrance Day and Mr Allen and his wife Pat attended a ceremony at St Barnabas Church with about 60 people to commemorate the event.
They attend the service every year and he has fond memories of the 36 years as a police officer but many memories he would rather forget.
“I think about people I knew, people I didn’t know,” he said.
“You think about those type of things on days like today.”
The Orange station was the location of the first NSW police officer killed on duty, 151 years ago.
Constable William Havilland was part of an escort for a gold coach when it was ambushed near the Eugowra rocks on June 16, 1862 by notorious bushrangers Frank Gardiner, John Gilbert and Ben Hall .
The following day the coach was righted and driven into Orange. Shortly after arriving in town a revolver under a seat in the coach discharged and killed the constable.
Canobolas Local Area Command, Superintendent David Driver said the size of the service did not denigrate how important the ceremony was for people who had lost family members while in the line of duty.
“Each [service] is significant and vitally important,” he said.
“Policing is a dangerous job ... we are fortunate we have men and women willing to march towards danger.”