The family of fallen Queensland Police Officer Brett Forte has welcomed the latest posthumous honour to be bestowed upon him.
His wife, Susie, and their children celebrated his devotion to duty during a ceremony to formally name Polair 2, ‘Brett A Forte’, in Highfields this morning.
In a release issued by the Police Minister, Senior Constable Forte was described as an officer who “made the ultimate sacrifice protecting Queenslanders”.
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On May 29 2017, Senior Constable Forte was shot and killed while responding to a matter with the Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad.
Polair 2 was the initial helicopter which responded to the incident and is now named in Brett’s honour.
Police Minister Mark Ryan and Commissioner Ian Stewart joined the Forte family at the naming ceremony of Polair 2 at Mary MacKillop Catholic College.
Commissioner Stewart said today’s ceremony was a testament to the courage and sacrifice that Senior Constable Forte gave to our service.
“Polair Queensland is an asset to the QPS and it is a great honour that Polair 2 is now named after an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“I would like to acknowledge Brett’s wife Susie and family members today for their ongoing support throughout this naming process.”
Police Minister Mark Ryan acknowledged Brett’s family, particularly his wife Susie, thanking them for their continued support of the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland community.
“Today we recognise the bravery and sacrifice Senior Constable Brett Forte gave to the QPS and the Queensland community,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Queensland community can be assured that Polair Queensland are protecting us from above and providing support to police officers on the ground.”