Farewell to a fallen officer and friend

12/12/2012

Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson Funeral News Story
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione delivers the Valedictory for Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.
Photography: Alfred Boudib

Family and friends of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson farewelled the fallen officer at a full police funeral at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta on Wednesday 12 December.

The respected senior policeman was fatally wounded while responding to a neighbourhood dispute at Oakville on Thursday 6 December.

Det Insp Anderson’s loved ones were joined by members of the police family at the funeral service at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Thousands of members of the public attended the service to pay their respects to the fallen officer.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione read the Service Valedictory, before presenting the Valedictory to Det Insp Anderson’s wife Mrs Donna Anderson.

Eulogies were delivered by Mrs Anderson and Det Insp Anderson’s two brothers, Warwick and Damien.

A funeral procession with marching escort travelled along Victoria Road between Marist Place and O’Connell Street at the conclusion of the church service, with Polair conducting a low-level fly past during the procession.

A life devoted to providing shelter for all

Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson Funeral News Story
Photo: Alfred Boudib
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, delivered the Homily for the Funeral Mass.

We all shelter behind our police officers’ sense of law and order, their character and courage, their instincts, reactions, negotiating and other skills, Bishop Anthony said.

Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson devoted his life to providing such shelter for his family, friends and community. He lived for this and this was a gift to us all; he died for this and this affronts us all.

His fellow officers also mourn his passing, as Commissioner Scipione testified.

I first got to know the Commissioner and his people in the lead-up to World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008. It was a time when hundreds of thousands of youth threw them kisses and told them God loved them and they loved them. If only it was always so!

One such beloved of God and people was described in our first Scripture reading today (Wisdom 4:7-15). Being virtuous, untarnished and God-pleasing, the man in that passage was ready for God sooner than most.

Bryson’s fellow officers tell me he was such a man, and that his integrity inspired them. That his death has left them in shock is a sign of that bond within the police family said to be as thick as blood.

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VALEDICTORY: Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson
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Watch the Valedictory at ABC News 24 

Photo Gallery: Funeral Mass for Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson 

Daily Telegraph: A Brave Thankyou 

Sydney Morning Herald coverage 

Parramatta Advertiser coverage

Donations to the memorial fund for Detective Inspector Anderson’s family can be made at: www.pansw.org.au


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