A group of police officers took time out of their days off to rebuild a fence for an elderly woman after it was destroyed in a fatal accident last November.
The Queensland officers met on Sunday at the 74-year-old’s property on Milne Street, Beenleigh where the crash occurred on November 27.
A 60-year-old woman died following the accident.
The constable behind the idea to help the home’s resident, Anselma, fix the broken fence was one of the first officers on the scene on the day of the tragic crash.
“When I spoke to Anselma and offered to come and rebuild the fence, she instantly teared up and said that she has been laying awake at night wondering how she would be able to afford it,” Constable Patrick Slavin said.
Constable Slavin drives past the accident scene on his way to work each day.
He said seeing the damage always reminded him about the loss of life.
“If it affected me in that way, I knew it would be difficult for the victim’s family and the house owner, too,” Constable Slavin said.
The police officer spoke to colleagues at the Beenleigh station, who he knew had trade backgrounds, about repairing the structure.
And on Sunday the group came together and rebuilt and painted the new fence.
A number of relatives of the 60-year-old who died in the accident have commented on the Queensland Police Service’s post on Facebook about the fence being rebuilt and say they are grateful for the officers’ gesture.
“Thank you to all the officers involved, it was hard driving past my aunts accident site and having that very vivid reminder,” one relative wrote.
“Now hopefully we can focus on all the wonderful memories xx”
“As a family member who has to drive this way to work each day, this small gesture makes such a huge difference xx, ” a second commented.