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"I am proud to be a Western Australian Police Officer," read Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan on behalf of a severely injured colleague.
The 38-year-old senior constable is nursing serious injuries including a fractured jaw and a broken nose following an alleged assault in Roleystone - but it hasn't dented his spirit.
The officer heaped praise on the community he set out to protect when he was allegedly set upon by two men and a teenager who were in the middle of crime spree on Sunday night.
“We will not forget the support you have shown our family.”
His decision to confront the alleged criminals is one met with high praise from the state's top cop.
"I think it shows great courage and great humility that the officer said 'I was just doing my job'," Karl O'Callaghan said.
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The officer is now facing 6 weeks of eating through a straw as he recovers from surgery.
The men allegedly involved in the attack have appeared in court this week, charged with multiple offences.
We would like to thank the Western Australian Police Family for their support and the dedication they showed getting such a positive result. We especially value the amazing work done by the attending officers on Sunday night. To the community of Roleystone, we thank you for your love and care and your messages of strength. We will not forget the support you have shown our family. We also want to thank the public of Western Australia and we very much appreciate your well wishes. To the paramedics, Armadale Hospital's Emergency Department and the Royal Perth Hospital specialists; your expertise and care has provided the foundation for a positive outcome. Importantly, our family is grateful for the respect given to our privacy. Like all parents, we place a high importance on the protection of our children. Your understanding of this has meant our family can focus on keeping a positive outlook as we work towards our goal of a speedy recovery. What I did on Sunday night was not anything more than any of my fellow colleagues would have done. I am very proud to be a Western Australian Police Officer. On a lighter note, we look forward to a lifetime of baked goods from Honey's Bakehouse with our friends and family.
Written by: @conradical89