The tearful family members of a recently killed NSW police officer have marked their first Police Remembrance Day without him.
Timothy Proctor’s widow Dianne clutched their one-month-old baby in her arms and cried as she laid a wreath in front of his newly-etched name on the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance at the Domain in Sydney.
Mr Proctor died in February after a head-on collision at Lucas Heights, Sydney as he drove home from work. Ms Proctor was a few months pregnant with their first child when he was killed.
The constable had only graduated from the academy in April 2018.
Timothy’s mum, Gail Proctor, said the family is still struggling with his loss, but the birth of his son Dexter last month had brought a “spark” of joy back to their lives.
“Tim is a great guy and he had a big presence so you really miss it in the family. But we’re carrying on,” she told reporters.
“Little Dexter has brought a little spark for all of us.”
“He is a little cutie – a little cheeky, like his dad. So that’s important to have, to hold on to that memory.”
Dianne Proctor has paid emotional tribute to her late husband at National Police Remembrance Day. Constable Timothy Proctor died after a head-on crash earlier this year. Dianne was pregnant at the time. In her arms today.. is the couple’s newborn son, Dexter. @9NewsSyd pic.twitter.com/8yFumSTqED
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One of Mr Proctor’s colleagues, fellow new recruit Constable James Hill read the police ode, pausing to compose himself as he said, “rest in peace, friend and colleague, for the sun has now set.”
NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller, who hosted the 30th anniversary service, said Constable Hill was “a long way from being over this”.
“When someone is lost like that, particularly someone who came through the police academy with you, you did lose a piece of you and you could see the emotion in him,” he said.
The service was also attended by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Opposition Leader Jodi McKay and families and friends of fallen police officers. Police representatives from the New York and New Zealand police also laid wreaths.
The governor thanked Timothy Proctor’s family for his “extraordinary passion and commitment to the people of NSW” and offered her condolences.
“One of the most difficult times for every police officer’s family, every day of the week, is that hour or so between the end of the shift and the moment when you expect the door to open,” she said.
“And of course the most difficult time of all is on the day when the door doesn’t open or it’s a different knock.”
There are now 273 NSW officers honoured on the Wall of Remembrance.