EbeneInfo – AU – Mourners line the streets to the farewell policeman who was killed while rescuing the hot tub

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Mourners have lined the streets of Lithgow, New South Wales to bid farewell to « highly respected and dedicated » police officer Kelly Foster

The 39-year-old police officer and a 24-year-old Chinese student died on Jan. January in Wollangambe Canyon near Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains

Witnesses said Jennifer Qi was dumped into a hot tub by an inflatable lilo and Senior Constable Foster was swept into it while trying to save her

Senior Constable Foster’s family was hugged when the hearse, flanked by officers on motorcycles, arrived at Lithgows Unification Church

Senior Constable Foster’s family remembered her as a loyal, protective, and caring sister who always wanted to be a police officer

Her father Terry said he couldn’t imagine life without her, while her sister Leigh remembered Senior Constable Foster as « unique »

« Our hearts go out to Jenny’s family and friends who are also mourning this time, » she said

The farewell speech was delivered by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, who announced that Senior Constable Foster had been posthumously recognized with the Commissioners Valor Award for « Heroism, Outstanding Valor and Sacrifice »

He also acknowledged the award of the National Police Service Medal, the National Medal, the NSW Police Medal and a Citation from the Commissioner’s Unit in recognition of their involvement in responding to the Lindt Cafe Siege

In a statement released shortly after her death, Acting NSW Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon said Senior Constable Foster was a « highly respected and dedicated officer who is sorely missed by colleagues throughout the force »

« Her police career was interrupted when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, » he said

« Their strength in surviving this and getting back to work, however, is further evidence of their strength and resilience, » he said

The public areas around Lithgow have been decorated with blue balloons and streamers in honor of Senior Constable Foster

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New South Wales Police, Policeman, Lithgow

EbeneInfo – AU – Mourners line the streets to bid farewell to a police officer who was killed while rescuing the hot tub

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-14/policewoman-kelly-foster-farewelled-after-canyoning-death/13053922

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