A rookie NSW Police officer killed in a head-on crash in Sydney has been given two posthumous accolades before being laid to rest on Monday.
Probationary Constable Timothy Proctor, 29, died on February 3 following a four-vehicle crash at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s southwest on January 31.
The driver of the other car – a 65 year old woman – remains in a coma.
The Sydney policeman made one last pass through his Liverpool beat before being laid to rest.
Const Proctor’s time in the force was short, but his influence on his colleagues will live on.
As they carried their mate for the last time the anguish was evident, but so was the support – a sea of blue marching closely behind their fallen colleague as he made his final journey through the streets of Liverpool, the same streets he proudly patrolled.
With the support of her police family, the cop’s heavily-pregnant wife Diane Proctor took the final heartbreaking steps into the All Saints Catholic Church at Liverpool where she paid tribute to her late husband.
“I’m so blessed to have been his wife. Tim would’ve been the best dad,” she said.
“I’m a better person having known you. Goodbye, my love, and I will see you again.”
At his funeral, the young officer was posthumously awarded the National Police Service Medal by Commissioner Mick Fuller.
“While this normally is a 15-year medal, with the consent of the Governor-General we will award that to Tim today,” Mr Fuller said.
“We thank you for your dedicated service to the NSW Police Force”.
The commissioner also awarded Const Proctor the NSW Police Medal for his “diligent and ethical service”.
“His enthusiasm was second to none and the only love greater than the job was the love for his family,” Mr Fuller added.
Const Proctor’s organs were donated the day he died.
His name will now be carved in stone at the police Wall of Remembrance alongside 270 other brave men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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