ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 871 times:
Officer loses fight for life
By ANGELA KAMPER
GLENN McEnallay had fought for six days against the odds.
But yesterday his family had to make the decision they hoped would never come.
His mother, father, brother, fiancee Amanda and close friends have sat at his bedside at Prince of Wales Hospital since he was shot and mortally wounded last week.
The 26-year-old officer, known to his mates as "Macca" was hit in the head and shoulder after following a stolen car in Hillsdale last Wednesday. He never regained consciousness.
Yesterday his family allowed staff at the hospital to turn off Glenn's life support following a series of tests, brain scans and advice from doctors indicating he could not make it alone.
The moment came as a fourth man being sought over the shooting was arrested. Three men have already been charged.
Ten minutes after his passing yesterday a message was sent to officers across NSW via police radio letting them know one of their own had died.
"We made sure that we let his colleagues know right across the state across the police radio so that they would be the first to know," a very emotional City East Region Commander Superintendent Dick Adams said yesterday.
"On behalf of the Commissioner and members of the NSW Police I offer my sincere condolences to Glenn's family, fiancee and friends and colleagues.
"He's put up a very brave fight for the last six days and it's testimony to the calibre of the officer and we just hope his passing doesn't go unnoticed."
Visibly upset by the death, Deputy Commissioner Ken Moroney has asked the community to support police officers on a day-to-day basis.
Hundreds of messages of support from police officers, friends and community have poured in since reports of the shooting.
Yesterday family members of Senior Constable Jim Affleck who was killed on duty last year sent a message to The Daily Telegraph.
"Our hearts go out to Constable McEnallay's family and friends and police colleagues. It is indeed a tragedy that some people seem to think so little of life and that we have to pay the consequences," their letter said.
Police as far away as the United States sent their messages of support along with strangers and friends of the officer who knew him from primary school.
Supt Adams praised the highway patrol officers and other staff at Mascot police station who have kept working throughout the past six days, saying he was "enormously proud of them".
Senior Constable Adrian Chenoweth, who worked on highway patrol at Mascot police station with Constable McEnallay, said the officers feel as if they have lost a brother.
"Everybody here is trying to do a professional job but it's all very fresh in our minds," he said.
"He was a great bloke, it's an absolute tragedy that this has happened."
The officers have had counselling available to them since the incident.
Police Minister Michael Costa yesterday hailed Constable McEnallay as a hero.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 835 times:
This happens too much! Just three weeks ago a police officer in Montréal was shot and killed on the freeway after persuing a car. It happened to a Boston police officer recently too. It's sad, and it breaks my heart especially when one sees the commaradery between the officers, even if they didn't know the victim.
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 798 times:
LH, you are right .. recently i've seen 2 separate videos out of the US showing highway patrolmen being run down by idiots in cars .. it's a tough job and the people who do it are heros.
L-188 .. it happens more in America than Australia which pretty much negates your argument about gun control. Having said that, I will also strongly condemn greedy shop owners in countries with lax gun control who ship these illegal weapons into our country at an alarming rate!
Australia still remains one of the safest places in the world, but we are not crime free! The issue here isn't about guns, it's about showing sympathy for this, and any policemen, killed whilst performing their job of keeping us safe.
On a bright note (was it mentioned above), they now have all 4 men in custody, on a sad note, they are most likely TSI and will most likely get a slap on the wrist and let off :-(
Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 792 times:
On a personal note, I extend my sympathies to the family of the deceased officer. Being a 22 year member of a municipal Police Service I have attended enough Police Funerals here in Ontario, New York State and Michigan.
As Chairman of the Board for the Guelph Police Association I extend the sympathies of the members of the Guelph Police Service.
Very few people understand the closeness and sense of family that members of Police Services feel for each other, no matter where one serves.
RoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 769 times:
ADG, what does "TSI" mean? In my hometown in Ohio a few years ago, a State Trooper was shot to death by some guy that he pulled over for speeding. The guy got the death penalty too...one victory for the US justice system...I don't see how you can (or should) get off with a wrist slapping for killing an officer...
Nik From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 749 times:
"With respect to his family this is just more proof that gun control in Australia did not work, can not work, and will not work."
The murder rate in the US is 3 times higher than the rates for Australia and Western Europe. You probably can't explain the difference with gun availability alone, but I find it very interesting that you accept a very high murder rate in the name of "freedom"
ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 740 times:
ADG...So you are blameing people in countries will more freedom then yours for any weapons that end up in Austrailia...
Not at all .. you were the one that raised the issue of gun control, I was merely *responding* to you. In reality I blame countries with greedy residents without morals for the *handgun* issue in Australia (in addition to the losers that buy and carry them).
Either way clearly Aussies wheren't able to ban a damm thing.
It's not really possible to ban anything 100%, but that doesnt mean we shouldn't try.
Seems that dagger should be heading in the direction of your customs service.
A valid point, but that's shared responsiblity. Do you know how many parcels come into our country every day? Do you know how many kilometres of coastline we have? The country is only just smaller than the US, we don't have any shared borders and 20mill inhabitants. Do you really think it's possible to watch 100% of the coastline all the time? (although I volunteer for the little patch at the Gold Coast!
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 725 times:
Actually, KROC, statistically it happens more often in this country, and I think that was the point of ADGs post.
During the 90s, locally it seemed the most dangerous job was that of a Massachusetts State Trooper. The Massachusetts State Police is largely responsible for patrolling the highways and in towns where there is state owned property. As a result, the bulk of their activities is centred on traffic control. In the mid-90s there was a rash of shootings at State Troopers. The most notable was the death of officer Mark Charbonnier. If driving down Route 3 in MA towards Cape Cod, you will drive past the memorial put up in his honour.
« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 718 times:
LH423. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen more often in America. Fact is, when someone mentioned the fact that despite what any Aussie will tell you, there gun control is not working anywhere near what they say it is. The minute that is said, she jumps on the easiest thing....the gun problem in America. The thing is, nobody in America is claiming to have a great and workable solution for firearms. It's typical ADG. She feels the heat on something, so all she does is attack the US in anyway possible. That act is tired and old.
RoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 707 times:
Actually, what I think this incident shows is that neither gun control or a lack thereof will stop things like this from happening. Saddening, but true. My dad used to work with the police quite often, and several officers that he worked with have been shot to death in the line of duty. I have great respect for police officers (except for occasional exceptions here in central/eastern europe) and it hurts badly when I hear about them being killed. My prayers go out for this man's family.
Kroc, stop jumping to conclussions. The statement was a simple, non judgemental one. I was told that gun control was not working because a policeman was shot dead. I merely pointed out that in the United States where there is no gun control the incidence of this time of crime is statistically higher than here. Therefore it is not an issue of gun control not working at all. That was the ONLY point I was making.
I at no stage made a negative statement about the United States. It is you who jumped onto my comment and made it that, shame on you!
..... and well said RoyalDutch. I don't think it's an issue of gun control either.