Police heroes remembered

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By Christopher Talbot

 

Police from the St Kilda and Prahran stations battled it out at Junction Oval to contest the Silk-Miller Cup on August 16.

They were playing as a tribute to fallen colleagues Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rod Miller who were tragically gunned down whilst on duty in Moorabbin in August 1998.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said the deaths of Sergeant Silk and Senior Constable Miller rocked the entire community, not just the policing world.

“It is important that we remember the sacrifices our members make everyday to protect the lives of others,” he said

“The tragic events that unfolded 15 years ago affected each and every one of us.

“Our fond memories of Sgt Silk and Snr Const Miller will never be forgotten and the friendly football game on Friday is a way to celebrate those memories.”

A memorial service was held prior to the game at the Prahran Police Station.

After an intense battle, Prahran came out on top beating St Kilda 42-35.

Hawthorn and St Kilda football clubs have also played off for the Blue Ribbon Cup since 1999, with the best player receiving the Silk-Miller Medal.

Assistant Commissioner and former Richmond ruckman Emmett Dunne was coach of the St Kilda team and Victoria Police Association Secretary Greg Davies was at the helm for Prahran.

Proceeds from the game were donated to Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, which supports community projects in memory of police killed in the line of duty.

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