Tears, tributes for 'hero' Qld policeman

Stuart Layt and Alexandra Patrikios

The items placed on slain Queensland policeman Brett Forte's casket - an officer's hat and a fluffy white teddy lovingly placed by his children - reflected the man he was.

The hat for the dedicated service of the senior constable, who always wanted to be a policeman, which came to an end last Monday when the 41-year-old was fatally shot in the line of duty.

And the teddy for his family, deprived of a husband and father who was a "guardian angel" to daughter Emma, young sons Sam and Brodie and wife Susan.

The widow, a police officer herself, wept with Brodie by her side as she placed a hand on the casket at the end of Wednesday's moving service.

During the ceremony, she struggled through tears to honour the popular member of Toowoomba's Tactical Crime Squad as her "hero and soulmate".

Senior Constable Brett Forte's wife Susan delivers a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband. Source: AAP

Senior Constable Brett Forte's children (second right to left) Sam, Emma and Brodie place a teddy bear and other items on his casket during his funeral service in Toowoomba on Wednesday. Source: AAP

"I will love you forever," she told thousands who watched on.

A sea of navy blue uniforms inside and out of the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre listened as she remembered her "wonderful" partner and thanked her "police family" for their enduring support.

"Brett would have loved all the attention," she said.

She affectionately recalled how the good-humoured policeman also had a capacity for "inappropriate comments that would always make her laugh.

"To the world you were one person, but to our family you were the world," daughter Emma said.

Hundreds of police officers paid their respects to their fallen colleague. Source: AAP

Pauline Hanson was in attendance. Source: AAP

Family friend Jeff Lancaster shed more light on his mate's cheeky nature, describing him as "self-deprecating, bawdy and bloody funny", while his father Stuart Forte said he was immensely proud of his son.

"Your actions on 29 May, 2017 make my heart swell so much it could break out of my chest," he said.

They have been among those grieving since Sen Const Forte was killed in the line of duty when wanted criminal Rick Maddison gunned him down after he evaded police at a traffic stop in the Lockyer Valley.

The fatal shooting was "a mindless, senseless act of pure evil" that robbed a family of a beloved member, police chaplain Reverend Jeff Baillis said.

The officer's sacrifice led Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to posthumously award him with the force's highest honour, the Queensland Police Service Valour Award.

"Brett leaves a far-reaching legacy on the Queensland Police Service, and the communities he served," Mr Stewart said.

As the service came to a close, Stuart Forte also read the words of John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

His casket was farewelled through a thousands-strong guard of honour which almost stretched to a kilometre.