THE parents of slain Tamworth police officer David Rixon will be on hand for an emotion-charged Police Remembrance Day ceremony in Manilla on Friday.
Eighteen months after the murder – and just a week out from the sentencing of Senior Constable Rixon’s killer – local police will pause to reflect on the sacrifice of those lost in the line of duty.
The day will hold a special poignancy for officers from Oxley Local Area Command, who are still grieving the death of Senior Constable Rixon and of the Tamworth station’s domestic violence
co-ordinator Sabine Altmann, who was killed in a car accident in October 2011.
In a fitting tribute to Senior Constable Mr Rixon, a special portrait – painted by Rob Kennedy from the Armidale Police Station – will be unveiled on the day, featuring the father of six on duty holding a radar speed gun.
The painting will be entered in the Beyond Blue art exhibition, an event instigated by Ms Altmann before her death.
Oxley local area acting commander Jeff Budd said the day was a sobering reminder of the life- and-death risks police took on a daily basis.
“The day reminds us there can be dire consequences in our workplace,” Acting Superintendent Budd said.
“The day will obviously mean a lot to David’s family and to the police here, but it will also be felt by the community.
“They showed great heartfelt empathy after the incident.”
Senior Constable Rixon’s mum Gwen and stepfather Max will attend the ceremony, along with a contingent from the local command and a number of former officers.
It will be held from 11am at the Manilla Presbyterian Church.