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April Tributes

DateTypeEvent
01-04-2006Died on this dayGarry Scott WORK
02-04-2010Died on this dayTraci Arlaine HAMILTON aged 49
02-04-2018Died on this dayDonald Bainbridge HOLMES aged 74
04-04-1993Died on this dayGlen Waldeck BEHRMANN aged 42
04-04-2017Died on this dayBrian Stewart RIDLEY aged 70
05-04-2003Died on this dayCharles David DIXON aged 66
06-04-2018Died on this dayKarl-Heinz HARTMANN aged 83
08-04-2011Died on this dayHelen Elizabeth COVENTRY aged 62
08-04-2013Died on this dayArchibald Taylor HAY aged 74
08-04-2019Died on this dayDorothea (Dorothy) GREIG aged 66
09-04-2019Died on this dayJeremy John ALDERSON aged 37
10-04-2011Died on this dayJohanna Elizabeth WENDLER aged 76
10-04-2016Died on this dayRobert Alfred TURNER aged 74
10-04-2020Died on this dayDouglas Graham HINTON aged 75
11-04-2019MilestoneOfficial Launch of AFPFMA
13-04-2014Died on this dayJohn Reginald DAVEY
13-04-2017Died on this dayIan David MACKAY aged 77
15-04-2020Died on this dayClarence Victor BURGEMEISTER aged 81
17-04-2005Died on this dayDaniel Robert HEGARTY aged 41
17-04-2017Died on this dayMaxwell Joseph HUBNER aged 61
18-04-2012Died on this dayBernard Harry ALCHIN aged 69
19-04-2018Died on this dayMichael John BANKS aged 42
20-04-2007Died on this dayAudrey Ann FAGAN aged 45
20-04-2018Died on this dayKenneth WEBSTER aged 74
20-04-2019Died on this dayGregory Robert WILLIAMS aged 46
21-04-2004Died on this dayCheryl Ann KOTZ aged 57
22-04-2016Died on this dayTerence Alan DODSLEY aged 74
23-04-2012Died on this dayEdgar James ROLFE aged 84
24-04-2014Died on this dayJohn Bernard CARROLL aged 79
24-04-2015Died on this dayAndy Martin Armstrong CAMPBELL aged 48
24-04-2015Died on this dayRobert Gunnar ROBERTSSON aged 73
27-04-2010Died on this dayDouglas WARD aged 62
28-04-2013Died on this dayBrendon Gerard DRISCOLL age 80
28-04-2017Died on this dayRobert TAIT aged 60
29-04-2000Died on this dayRonald Alan HARRIS AGED 74
29-04-2008Died on this dayGary Dudley CANNON aged 56
30-04-2017Died on this dayJonathon (Jon) BROCKLEHURST aged 54
 

In Memoriam


1 April 2006 – Garry Scott WORK
Garry was a member of ComPol. He transitioned to the AFP in 1979 and was stationed at Sydney Airport. In 1994 he was employed by the NCA as an analyst and based in Adelaide when that building was bombed.


2 April 2010 – Traci Arlaine HAMILTON – Retired Federal Agent – AFP4783
Traci was born in 1961. After 10 years’ service in the RAAF, she joined the AFP c1990 and during her 5-7 years of service worked in Eastern and Western Regions. After her resignation from the AFP, Traci spent time with the National Antarctic Research Expedition as a radio operator and medic, before working with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, and later with the Department of Immigration and Multi-Cultural Affairs. In 2002 Traci transferred to the Department of Defence as an Instructor. In April 2010, while a member of the ADF, Defence Intelligence Mobile Training Team, in Bogor, Indonesia, Traci fell ill and died aged 49 years.


2 April 2018 – Don HOLMES – Retired Superintendent – AFP344
Don was born on 20 September 1944 and passed away aged 74 years. Mr HOLMES joined the Australian Capital Territory Police in September 1967 and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police in 1979. Mr HOLMES retired in March 1996 at the rank of Superintendent. Mr HOLMES served his entire career in ACT Region, his final role as the Security Controller at Parliament House.
For his service Mr HOLMES was awarded the National Police Service Medal , National Medal with 25 year Clasp and the AFP Service Medal.


4 April 1993 – Glen Waldeck BEHRMANN – Retired Federal Agent – AFP2908
Glen was born on 17 October 1950 and died at Dianella Heights, WA, aged 42 years. He served in Western Region and was awarded the National Medal on 09 MAR 1991.


4 April 2017- Brian Stewart RIDLEY – Retired Superintendent – AFP2677
Mr RIDLEY was born on 10 November 1946 in England and passed away aged 70 years. Mr RIDLEY became a police officer in 1962 when he joined the Northumberland Constabulary. In 1971 he joined the Victorian Police and in 1973 he moved to Australian Customs. In June 1980 he was sworn into the AFP. Mr RIDLEY worked in Southern Region Organised Crime Unit, the Internal Security and Audit Division and was seconded to several external agencies. In 1997 he deployed as part of the 51st UNFICYP Cyprus contingent.
Mr RIDLEY retired from the Australian Federal Police in 1998. For his service Mr RIDLEY was awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal, National Medal, United Nations Medal and the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


5 April 2003 – Charles David DIXON – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1417
Charles was born on 1 May 1936 and died at Gosnells, WA, aged 66 years. He served in Western Region and was awarded the National Medal on 19 OCT 1993.


6 April 2018 – Karl-Heinz HARTMANN – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1933
Karl was born in Germany on 25 March 1956 and passed away at Surfside, NSW, aged 83 years. He joined the ACT Police and was a member of the 15th Contingent to Cyprus in 1978-79. He transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day working in General Duties in Canberra.


8 April 2011 – Helen Elizabeth COVENTRY – AFP10824
Helen was born on 3 March 1949 and died in Canberra aged 62 years.  She joined the Australian Federal Police on 9 October 2000 and worked with Learning and Development and Policy and Strategic Services before leaving the AFP in October 2008.


8 April 2013 – Archibald Taylor HAY – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP619
‘Archie’ was born in Scotland on 12 October 1938 and died at the age of 74. He joined COMPOL working in Sydney and he transitioned to AFP on Foundation Day in 1979. He worked in the Surveillance and Drug Units during the 80’s and left the AFP in 1989. For his service he received the National Medal in 1989.


8 April 2019 – Mrs Dorothea Romana GREIG – AFP9659
‘Dorothy’ was born on 10 November 1952 and passed away on 8 April 2019 aged 66 years. Mrs GREIG joined the Australian Federal Police on 22 November 1990. During her AFP career, Mrs GREIG worked in Telecommunications Interception, Professional Reporting and Client Services until her retirement on 12 November 2013. For her service, Mrs GREIG was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal and 25 year clasp.


9 April 2019 – Jeremy John ALDERSON – (Retired) Senior Constable – AFP16297
Jeremy was born at Belmont, NSW on 7 September 1981 and died aged 37 years. He joined the Australian Federal Police on 9 October 2006. After graduating from the AFP College in February 2007, he transferred to the Sydney Operations Team where he performed a number of operational roles. In March 2012 Mr ALDERSON transferred to Sydney Aviation, before moving to Crime Operations in April 2017. Mr ALDERSON retired from the Australian Federal Police on the 8th of January 2018. For his service to the AFP Mr ALDERSON was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


10 April 2011 – Johanna Elizabeth WENDLER – Retired Chief Inspector – AFP140
‘Jo’ was born in Sydney on 1 December 1934 and died at the age of 76 years. She was one of the first five women to join the Northern Territory Police Force in February 1961. She then joined the ACT Police Force in 1967. She had worked in various areas in the ACT during the 1970s including a special women’s squad, community relations, communications, and at the time of the 1979 amalgamation, in general duties at the city station as a senior sergeant. In 1980 she was posted to Brisbane’s legal branch and made an inspector. In 1981, Jo was the first female to be promoted to the rank of Inspector. She served also in Eastern Region and after attending various courses was promoted in 1982 to Chief Inspector. Her work has mostly been in the administration and personnel services areas. She is buried at Proserpine General Cemetery, QLD. She lived in Woollahra, Sydney, NSW. She then married Ron ARNDT and moved to Airlie Beach Qld. An interesting article: click here. More info: Click here


10 April 2016 – Robert Alfred TURNER
Formerly Australian Customs and Australian Federal Police. Passed away in QLD aged 74 Years. Beloved Husband to Diane. Loving Father to Christian, Aaron and Matthew. Much loved Grandfather.


10 April 2020 – Douglas Graham HINTON – AFP16660
Mr HINTON was born on 7 November 1944 and died at the age of 75 years. He joined the Australian Federal Police on 29 January 2007, following service with the Department of Parliamentary Services. Mr HINTON retired on 8 June 2012. During his AFP career, Mr HINTON worked within the AFP Operations Coordination Centre (AOCC).


13 April 2014 – John Reginald DAVEY – Retired Chief Inspector – AFP43
Mr DAVEY was born on 21 December 1937 and died in Canberra at the age of 77 years. He served in Cyprus as a member of the 25th Contingent (June 1986- December 1986) and 26th Contingent (December 1986-June 1987). For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


13 April 2017 – Ian David MACKAY – Retired Station Sergeant – AFP208
Ian was born on 6 May 1939 and passed away at the age of 77. He joined the ACT Police on 27 October 1962. He transitioned to the AFP in 1979 and retired from the AFP in November 1982 having attained the rank of Station Sergeant. During his career he worked in General Duties and ACT Traffic. For his service Mr MACKAY was awarded the National Police Service Medal, National Medal and Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


15 April 2020 – Clarence Victor BURGEMEISTER – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1309
‘Clarry’ was born on 5 October 1938 and passed away aged 81 years. Mr BURGEMEISTER joined the Commonwealth Police Force in 1975 and then transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day in 1979. During his AFP career, Mr BURGEMEISTER worked in ACT Policing, National Criminal Investigations and Internal Investigations Division retiring in May 1988. Clarry was nature’s gentleman with an excellent knowledge of the English language. For his service, Mr BURGEMEISTER was awarded the National Medal.


17 April 2017 – Maxwell Joseph HUBNER – Retired Senior Protective Service Officer – AFP13020
Max passed away aged 61 years. Mr HUBNER joined the Australian Protective Service on 22 July 1985 before transitioning to the Australian Federal Police on 12 May 1999. Mr HUBNER worked at a number of official establishments before moving to Sydney Airport in 1990 and then Coolangatta Airport in 2006. Mr HUBNER was promoted to Senior Protective Service Officer in August 2006. Mr HUBNER also worked internationally deploying to the Solomon Islands. Mr HUBNER retired from the AFP on 23 May 2012. For his service Mr HUBNER was awarded the

  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Commissioner’s Group Citation for Excellence in Overseas Service
  • AFP Operations Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • Australia Day Achievement Medallion


18 April 2012 – Bernard Harry ALCHIN – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP141
Mr ALCHIN was born on 20 September 1942 and died aged 69 years. He was working in the Executive Services Branch on Foundation Day of the AFP in 1979. For his service he was awarded the:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


19 April 2018 – Michael John BANKS – Detective Sergeant –  AFP11929
‘Banksy’ was born on 5 April 1976 and passed away aged 42 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. After a period in the Royal Australian Air Force, Sgt BANKS joined the Australian Federal Police on 8 October 2002. Sgt BANKS worked in the ACT Policing, Head Office Investigations and SRS Tactical Response, and achieved his Detective Designation in 2014. During his career Sgt BANKS deployed to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). For his service Sgt BANKS was awarded the

  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Commissioners Group Citation Conspicuous Conduct
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal
  • ACT Emergency Medal
  • Royal Solomon Islands Police Force International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal


20 April 2007 – Audrey Ann FAGAN APM – Assistant Commissioner – AFP2996
Audrey was born in Dublin, Ireland on 23 June 1962 and died on Hayman Island, QLD aged 45. She and her family emigrated to South Australia in 1971, when Audrey was nine. She joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 1981, at age of 18 and from 2005 held the rank of Assistant Commissioner and the title of Chief Police Officer for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which included community policing responsibilities for Canberra and other parts of the ACT. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2004.


20 April 2018 – Kenneth WEBSTER – Senior Constable – AFP2497
Ken was born in Wallasey Great Britain in early 1944 , and died aged 74. He worked in General Police and was stationed in the ACT, at Belconnen station for a number of years. He retired from the AFP on 31 March 2000. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.

20 April 2019 – Gregory Robert WILLIAMS – Senior Protective Service Officer – AFP13443
‘Greg’ was born in 1973 and passed away aged 46 years. SPSO WILLIAMS joined the Australian Federal Police in July 2000 and commenced his career at Melbourne Airport. As a member of the Rapid Deployment Team he would deploy to the regional airports as required. In 2006 SPSO WILLIAMS deployed for several months to Nauru. In 2007 he returned to Melbourne Airport before transferring to Melbourne DPU in 2012. At the time of his passing SPSO WILLIAMS was attached to the Finance team at Melbourne headquarters. For his service to the AFP SPSO WILLIAMS was awarded:

  • National Medal with 15 and 25 year clasps
  • Commissioners Group Citation Excellence for Overseas Service
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal


21 April 2004 – Cheryl KOTZ – Retired Sergeant – AFP2569
Cheryl was born on 1 January 1947 and died at the at Port Lincoln Hospital, SA aged of 57. She had previously served in the RAAF and during her time in the AFP she worked in the ACT and BCI. For her service Cheryl was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


22 April 2016 – Terence Alan DODSLEY – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP171
‘Alan’ was he was known was born on 23 September 1941 and he died in Perth, WA aged 74 years. His police service was spent in Western Region. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 07 SEP 1990.


24 April 2014 – John Bernard CARROLL – Retired Sergeant – AFP2927
Mr CARROLL was born on 14 December 1935 and died in Canberra at the age of 79. He began his policing career with the New South Wales Police Force in 1958 and served for 22 years until 1980. He commenced service with the AFP in early 1981. His postings included General Policing – Diplomatic and Consular; Intelligence Squad – Northern Territory Region; and the Telephone Intercept Branch in the ACT. He retired at the rank of Sergeant in 1995. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp
  • National Medal – 2nd Clasp


24 April 2015 – Andrew (Andy) Martin Armstrong CAMPBELL – AFP15803
‘Andy’ was born at Mount Isa, QLD on 21 April 1966 and passed away aged 48. Mr CAMPBELL was a former AFP staff member who commenced with the AFP on 1 May 2006 and separated from the AFP on 21 July 2009. His postings included Counter Terrorism Intelligence and IDG Intelligence.


24 April 2015 – Robert Gunnar ROBERTSSON – Retired Constable – AFP3163
Robert was born in Iceland on 21 December 1942 and died aged 73. He migrated to Australia in July 1967. For his service he was awarded the National Medal.


27 April 2010 – Douglas WARD – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP806
Doug was born on 29 July 1947 and died aged 62 years. He joined the ACT Police and transitioned the AFP on Foundation Day in 1979. He worked in General Duties in the ACT and for his service he was awarded the

  • National Medal – 03 DEC 1987
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp – 08 NOV 1996


28 April 2013 – Brendon Gerard DRISCOLL – Retired Sergeant – AFP1806
Mr DRISCOLL was born on 31 January 1933 and died in Canberra aged 80, after a long battle with cancer. He began his policing career in the Commonwealth Police and carried through to serve with the AFP until 20 October 1984 when he retired.


28 April 2017 – Robert TAIT – Retired Detective Sergeant – AFP2425
Robert was born on 21 June 1956 and passed away at age 60. Mr TAIT commenced with the Commonwealth Police on 4 June 1979, transitioning to the AFP on 19 October 1979. During his AFP career, Mr TAIT predominantly worked in ACT Policing in areas including General Duties , Criminal Investigations and Prosecution and Judicial support, . Mr TAIT also worked internationally deploying to the Solomon Islands , Cyprus and Afghanistan. In April 2000 Mr TAIT was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and then resigned in 2011. Mr TAIT returned to the AFP in August 2012 and continued to assist in the development of other members in his role within Investigation Standards and Practices until his separation from the AFP in June 2016. “A true Scot and a proud Australian”. For his service Mr TAIT was awarded the

  • Police Overseas Service Medal with Cyprus
  • RAMSI and Afghanistan clasps
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • AFP Service Medal
  • United Nations Medal
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Award


29 April 2000 – Ronald Alan (Ron) HARRIS – Retired Sergeant – AFP335
Ron was born on 6 November 1926 and died in Melbourne aged 74 years. He worked in Southern Region and for his service he was awarded the National Medal on 03 SEP 1985.


29 April 2008 – Gary Dudley CANNON – AFP1374
Gary was born on 27 September 1951 and passed away aged 56 years. On 25 January 1985, he and Sergeant Alan HEATHCOTE showed great courage going up against an armed offender on Northbourne Avenue, Civic, ACT who had taken hostages due to a breakup with his girlfriend. The offender fired a number of rounds however no one was hurt and the situation was resolved through negotiation. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


30 April 2017 – Jonathon (Jon) Howard Maxwell BRICKLEHURST – AFP19348
‘Jon’ was born in Yorkshire, England on 22 March 1963 and passed away aged 54 years. Mr BROCKLEHURST joined the Australian Federal Police on 31 March 2008. During his time with the organisation Mr BROCKLEHURST held the senior executive position of Chief Financial Officer until he separated from the AFP on 4 March 2011.

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