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AFP Former Members who have passed away since 1979. We say goodbye to those members who have served, and we say thank you for your service. R.I.P. Our sincerest condolences to family and friends, both blood and blue.

October Tributes

DateTypeEvent
01-10-2014Died on this dayGary Francis O'NEILL  61
01-10-2017Died on this dayPaul Alexander McEWAN aged 60
02-10-2019Died on this dayJohn Edward SCANLAN aged 77
03-10-1984Died on this dayGregory David MOORE aged 21
03-10-2019Died on this dayGarry Wayne BAKER aged 69
04-10-2014Died on this dayDon HALMARICK aged 76
05-10-2007Died on this dayRoss Gantlett CRAFTER    63
05-10-2016Died on this dayChris Antony “Digger” DORMAN aged 51
09-10-2006Died on this dayMichael Peter BARNES aged 32
10-10-2016Died on this dayDean Andrew SCHULTZ aged 49
12-10-2002Died on this dayDarren TROY      32
12-10-2016Died on this dayLary William RINGERING aged 76
13-10-1986Died on this dayRobert Francis MACKAY aged 18
14-10-2018Died on this dayRaymond Andre ELLIS aged 77
17-10-2015Died on this dayWilliam Leslie ANTILL aged 75
18-10-1986Died on this dayFrederick George MITCHELL aged 51
18-10-2003Died on this dayMichael Edward KERRIGAN aged 86
18-10-2015Died on this dayBernard Robert YOUNG aged 62
18-10-2016Died on this dayChristopher John BIRD aged 43
19-10-1979MilestoneFormation of the Australian Federal Police
19-10-2004Died on this dayWilliam (Bill) John SAWLEY aged 58
22-10-2018Died on this dayWilliam ‘Bill’ Noel O’KEEFE   63
22-10-2019Died on this dayAngela Vera BROWN aged 78
24-10-2005Died on this dayMalcolm James MACKENZIE aged 43
24-10-2009Died on this dayRobert Edward HANISCH aged 68
24-10-2018Died on this dayMichael John MOORE aged 79
26-10-2017Died on this dayClive Leslie STACE aged 64
28-10-2007Died on this dayJohn Lewis (Jack) STANTON aged 78
28-10-2015Died on this dayDavid John YOUNG aged 47
28-10-2018Died on this dayRichard Paul ROBERTS aged 57
29-10-2018Died on this dayRoy FARMER aged 86
29-10-2019Died on this dayRussell Joseph PERKINS aged 68

In Memoriam


1 October 2014 – Gary Francis Paul O’NEILL – Retired Superintendent – AFP1503
Gary was born on 3 September 1953 and died on the Gold Coast, QLD, aged 61 years. He was a former AFP and Commonwealth Police member who had a distinguished career spanning 40 years. He began with the Commonwealth Police in 1974, transitioning to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. Most recently Mr O’NEILL was posted as the Senior Liaison Officer in Bali; this followed an extensive career in the International Network and elsewhere in the AFP. For his service he was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp


1 October 2017 – Paul Alexander McEWAN BM – Leading Senior Constable – AFP3333
Paul was born on 23 March 1957 and passed away aged 60 years. After a period in the Australian Army, Mr McEWAN joined the Australian Federal Police on 25 October 1982. He began his career in Southern Region, before transitioning to ACT Policing in 1984. During his time in the ACT Mr McEWAN worked in Traffic Branch and Rescue Squad as well as community policing. He moved to Eastern region in 1995 and transitioned to Close Personal Protection in 1998. Over his significant career Mr McEWAN deployed offshore 11 times to missions including Cyprus, Cambodia, Mozambique, Haiti, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Sudan and Papua New Guinea. For his service Leading Senior Constable McEWAN was awarded:

  • the Bravery Medal,
  • Group Bravery Citation,
  • Police Overseas Service Medal,
  • National Police Service Medal,
  • National Medal,
  • AFP Operations Medal,
  • AFP Service Medal and
  • the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.


2 October 2019 – John Edward SCANLAN – Retired Sergeant – AFP764
John was born on 1 December 1942 and passed away aged 77 years. He joined the Australian Capital Territory Police in February 1969 and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day, 19 October 1979. During his policing career, Mr SCANLAN worked in various roles in the ACT, including General Duties, Planning and Research, Recruitment and Training Branch, Traffic Branch and Embassies. Mr SCANLAN retired from the AFP in the early 1990s.


3 October 1984 – Gregory David MOORE – Constable – AFP3336
Passed away aged 21 years. Killed in an off duty car accident. Late of the ACT.


3 October 2019 – Garry Wayne BAKER – Retired Sergeant – AFP1037
Garry was born on 14 July 1950 and passed away aged 69 years. He commenced with ACT Policing in August 1976, before transitioning across to the Australian Federal Police on 19 October 1979. Mr BAKER initially worked in general duties roles across ACT Policing. After his successful proposal to introduce a Police Dog Unit was implemented, Mr BAKER was appointed as OIC of the new unit. Mr BAKER remained with the Dog Unit, where he was the senior explosives dog handler, until his retirement in July 2005. For his service, Mr BAKER was awarded the:

  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal


4 October 2014 – Frederick Donald (Don) HALMARICK – Retired Station Sergeant – AFP125
Don as he was known, was born on 2 November 1937 and passed away aged 76 years. Don began his career with ACT Police in 1962 and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. He remained in ACT Policing until transferring to Sydney in 1981 reaching the rank of Station Sergeant before early retirement in 1990. There is an obvious error in the medals which are recorded as being awarded to Don, he is the recipient of two National Medals, which simply does not happen. For his service he was and would/should have been awarded:

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


5 October 2016 – Christopher Antony Patrick “Digger” DORMAN – Sergeant – AFP19083
‘Digger’ was born in Hong Kong, China on 18 September 1965 and passed away in Melbourne aged 51 years. Christopher commenced with Victoria Police in 1985 working at a variety of inner suburban uniform stations and CIU’s as well as the Tactical Response Squad and Homicide Squad attaining the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant. In 2008 he left Victoria Police and joined the Australian Federal Police. During his time with the AFP, Sergeant DORMAN served in the International Deployment Group in Timor Leste and Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as well as to Op Universus (Christmas Island). Upon his return to Melbourne, Sergeant DORMAN worked in the Trade Union Royal Commission Taskforce Heracles, Crime Operations and the Joint Counter Terrorism Team.


9 October 2006 – Michael Peter BARNES – Federal Agent – AFP10498
Michael died at Shellharbour, NSW, of leukaemia aged 32 years. He joined the AFP on 6 March 2000 and worked in the Sydney office. He was deployed overseas during RAMSI 1 and then SRG.


10 October 2016 – Dean Andrew SCHULTZ – Former Constable – AFP4139
Dean passed away aged 49 years. Mr SCHULTZ joined the AFP on 3 February 1986 and obtained the rank of Constable before resigning on 26 November 1986.


12 October 2016 – Lary William RINGERING – Retired Senior Constable – AFP2316
Lary was born in Alton, USA on 4 June 1940 and passed away from cancer in Canberra aged 76 years. Mr RINGERING joined the Commonwealth Police on 24 September 1979 and transitioned to the AFP on 19 October 1979 working in a variety of areas including ACT Policing, Rural Patrol, Crime Prevention and ACT Policing Olympic Planning Team. Mr RINGERING retired from the AFP on 29 February 2008. Prior to his service in the AFP Mr RINGERING served for 11 years with the Illinois Police Department. For his service he was awarded

  • the National Police Service Medal,
  • National Medal,
  • ACT Emergency Medal,
  • ACT Community Policing Medal and
  • the AFP Service Medal.

A Tribute to the life of Lary RINGERING, published in the USA, can be read by CLICKING HERE.


13 October 1986 – Robert Francis MACKAY – Constable – AFP4287
Robert was born in Sydney, NSW on 11 January 1968 and passed away aged 18 years. He was accidentally shot and killed with his own service revolver.


14 October 2018 – Raymond (Ray) Andre ELLIS – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP2662
Ray was born on 13 July 1941 and passed away at Redesdale, Victoria aged 77 years. Mr ELLIS joined the Australian Federal Police in November 1979 when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics transferred into the newly founded AFP. Mr ELLIS worked in Intelligence and Drug Operations in Sydney until his transfer to Intelligence and Drug Operations in Melbourne in 1987. Mr ELLIS departed the Australian Federal Police on 27 September 1991. For his service, Mr ELLIS was awarded the Australian Federal Police Service Medal.


17 October 2015 – William (Bill) Leslie ANTILL – APM – Retired Assistant Commissioner – AFP7
Bill was born on 6 August 1940 passed away aged 75 years. Mr ANTILL joined the ACT Police on 22 September 1960 and rose to the rank of Superintendent. He continued his service into the AFP on its formation in 1979 and was appointed as a Chief Superintendent. He was instrumental in shaping many of the initiatives that would bring the AFP to life. He was a foundation Commissioned Officer of the AFP, and the seventh commissioned officer appointed. Assistant Commissioner ANTILL’s ACT Police postings included general policing and traffic duties; Senior Police Prosecutor; Officer-in-Charge (O/C) Traffic; O/C Legal; O/C Canberra City Division; and O/C Management Services. In 1978 he was seconded to the task force that established the AFP. With the AFP he served as O/C Manpower Control and Development; Assistant Commissioner Personnel Department; O/C Eastern Region (NSW); O/C Northern Region (QLD & NT). In January 1986 he was appointed to the Directing Staff, Police Staff College, Bramshill, United Kingdom, as Assistant Director of Senior Command Courses. After several years he returned to Australia to serve as O/C Internal Investigations Division before retiring, after a second tour of duty as O/C Northern Region (QLD & NT), on 31 October 1995. In recognition of his policing service, Assistant Commissioner ANTILL was awarded

  • the Australian Police Medal – 26 January 1989
  • Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal
  • National Medal
  • National Medal – 1st Clasp
  • National Medal – 2nd Clasp


18 October 1986 – Frederick (Fred) George MITCHELL – Senior Sergeant – AFP447
Present and past AFP members attended the funeral of the late Senior Sergeant Fred MITCHELL at a police funeral at the Norwood Park Crematorium, Canberra, on 18 October. Fred died after a short illness, aged 51. Chief Superintendent Dick Dixon referred in eulogy to the long and valued service given by Fred over 20 years in the AFP and Commonwealth Police. His career included service with Royal Military Police (UK) in Malaya from 1952-54. He joined the Commonwealth Police in 1963 serving in uniform within the ACT and Western Australia and in various intelligence capacities until 1977 when he was posted to the Australian Embassy in Belgrade. He was a senior sergeant in Special Intelligence Branch in Canberra at his death. He is survived by his wife Marjorie and three children. For his service he was awarded the National Medal on 15 May 1986.


18 October 2003 – Michael (Mick) Edward KERRIGAN – Retired Detective Chief Inspector – AFP86
Mick was born on 6 September 1936 and  died aged 67 years, late of late of Elizabeth Henry House B&B and Catering Co. Tarlee SA and formerly of Queensland He began his policing career with Queensland Police. He transferred laterally to the AFP in the 1980s and worked in Melbourne and Canberra. Mick – as he preferred to be known – always looked after his troops well, particularly when he took over ACT INtell. He was a regular at the Barton College where he enjoyed the camaraderie in the bar and earned the nickname ‘Kegs’. Both a gentleman and a scholar, Mick retired from the AFP in 1997 and moved to South Australia where he ran a bed and breakfast with a reputation for fine food and wines – his other passions in life. (Sentiments from Bob Stephenson). For his service Mick was awarded:

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


18 October 2015 – Bernard Robert YOUNG – Retired Sergeant – AFP1188
Bernard was born on 20 March 1953 and passed away in Queensland aged 62 years. Sergeant YOUNG joined the A.C.T. Police on 23 April 1979. He was sworn in as an AFP member on 19 October 1979. During his career he worked in a variety of investigative areas in Eastern Region and AFP Headquarters. In 2004 he deployed to Thailand for Operation CAWDOR. On his retirement in March 2008 Sgt YOUNG was based in People Smuggling. Sergeant YOUNG was laid to rest at Bribie Island Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woorim, Bribie Island, Queensland. For his service Sergeant Young was awarded

  • the National Medal with clasp ,
  • ACT Emergency Medal,
  • AFP Service Medal with 25 year clasp and
  • the AFP Operations Medal (Op CAWDOR).


18 October 2016 – Christopher (Chris) John BIRD – Sergeant – AFP7512
Chris passed away in Canberra after a long and courageous battle with cancer aged 43 years. Sergeant BIRD commenced with the AFP in May 1991 as an unsworn member before completing recruit training in 1997 and transitioning to sworn Policing. Sergeant BIRD worked in a number of areas of the AFP including Federal operations, International Deployment Group, ACT Communications and every ACT Policing Station.


19 October 2004 – William (Bill) John SAWLEY – Detective Superintendent – AFP2712
Bill was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England on 5 June 1946 and died in Sydney aged 58 years. He and his family migrated to Australia in January 1957. Bill joined the Australian Customs Service working in Melbourne, and he became a member of the Australian Federal Police when the Narcotic Bureau was disbanded on 17 November 1979. Bill later moved to Sydney and for his service he was awarded the National Medal on 7 March 1995.


22 October 2018 – William Noel ‘Bill’ O’KEEFE  – (Retired) Detective Leading Senior Constable – AFP3761
Bill was born on 11 September 1955 and passed away in Queanbeyan NSW aged 63 years. Mr O’KEEFE was recruited into the Australian Federal in January 1984. Mr O’KEEFE commenced his career at the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence followed by long and distinguished career in ACT Policing. He was deployed to the United Nations in Cyprus (63rd Contingent) and the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Mr O’KEEFE retired from the AFP on 17 August 2016.

For his service to the AFP, Mr O’KEEFE was awarded:
• Police Overseas Service Medal (CYPRUS & RAMSI clasps)
• National Police Service Medal
• National Medal (35 year Clasp)
• United Nations Medal – CYPRUS
• ACT Community Policing Medal, and Australian Federal Police Service Medal (30 year Clasps)


22 October 2019 – Angela Vera BROWN – Retired Senior Constable – AFP1047
Angela was born on 19 September 1941, in East London and passed away in Canberra aged 78 years. Angela migrated to Australia in 1971. Ms BROWN commenced with ACT Policing in August 1976, before transitioning across to the Australian Federal Police on 19 October 1979. Ms BROWN worked in general duties roles in ACT Policing, primarily in City and Belconnen Police Stations. Ms BROWN established the Training Office of the City Branch and was recommended for a Commissioner’s Commendation for First Constable for her dedication and enthusiasm in this role. Ms BROWN retired from the AFP on 21 June 1990. For her service, Ms BROWN will be posthumously awarded the:

• Australian Federal Police Service Medal


24 October 2005 – Malcolm (Mal) James MACKENZIE – Senior Constable – AFP3176
Malcolm was born on 16 December 1961 and tragically passed away at Rockhampton, QLD aged 43 years.  Mal served the AFP in general duties at Belconnen ACT. He transferred to Qld. Police where Senior Constable MacKENZIE died in a two-vehicle accident in Yeppoon – Rockhampton Road, Mulara. Senior Constable MacKENZIE was driving to work at the North Rockhampton Police Station. It is believed that the other vehicle veered on the wrong side of the road causing the accident. RIP Mal, you are missed by all your mates at Belconnen. For his service Mal was awarded the National Medal on 30 July 1998.


24 October 2009 – Robert (Bob) Edward HANISCH – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP188
Bob was born on 27 October 1941 and passed away in Canberra after a long illness, surrounded by family, a few days before his 68th birthday. Bob commenced his policing career with the South Australia Police on 25 July 1960. After graduating as dux of his course with SA Police, Bob’s initial police duty was on the beat and mobile patrol in Adelaide before he transferred to the Traffic Division as a pursuit motorcyclist in 1962. In May 1964 he was selected as a member of the first contingent of United Nations Police Peacekeepers in Cyprus. He returned to the Traffic Division in 1965 and was involved in driver training and Vice-Regal escort duties. In 1966 he transferred to the CIB and after a short time in the General Duties and Anti-Larrikin squads he joined the Forensic Science Laboratory. During his time in this area he completed a Forensic Science Technician’s Certificate course. This course later served as a model for the AFP’s Associate Diploma in Forensic Investigation. Bob joined the ACT Police on 10 May 1971, again graduating as dux. He was posted to the Scientific Section. It was during this period of his service that he first gave expert evidence in the ACT Magistrate’s and Supreme Courts in the fields of shoeprint and toolmark identification. In 1975 he joined the Commonwealth Police and served at Adelaide Airport before being promoted and given a two-year posting as Sergeant in Charge of security at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. It was during this time that he bought his first yacht, a 12-foot Hobie Cat, and discovered his love of sailing. He returned to Australia in 1978 and after a short time as a supervisor in Embassy Security in Canberra, he was promoted to a Senior Sergeant’s position on the staff of the Australian Police College in Manly, NSW, where he saw the formation of the AFP take place. He also bought his second yacht at this time, a 24-foot Seawind catamaran which was moored on Pittwater, near the family home. In 1980 he transferred as Officer-in-Charge of the AFP’s station in Cairns. Bob, Maureen and the girls sailed the catamaran on a nine week voyage from Sydney to its new home. Bob’s return to Canberra in 1981 saw him re-enter the field of forensic science as the Officer-in-Charge of the Scientific Branch. There Bob led many complex crime scene investigations and developed a reputation for his expertise, insight and his generosity as a mentor, colleague and friend. In addition to his professional legacy is a very personal one of light-hearted moments in difficult times, of “Louie the Fly” impressions, of home brew and his love of sailing and 4WD adventures. Bob retired from the AFP on 27 October 1996, and he and Maureen finally realised their dream of living the ocean-going life with the acquisition of a 50-foot catamaran called Double Bubble. They spent the next eleven years sailing Australia’s coastal waters, with journeys further abroad to the Louisiade Archipelago in Papua New Guinea and a circumnavigation of Tasmania. For his service, Bob has been granted:

  • National Medal, 1st Clasp and 2nd Clasp
  • Police Overseas Service Medal
  • United Nations Medal for Cyprus
  • Australia Day Medallion


24 October 2018 – Michael John MOORE – Retired Federal Agent – AFP1270
Michael was born on 25 February 1939 passed away at Robina, QLD aged 79 years. Mr MOORE joined the Commonwealth Police on 5 January 1970 and transitioned to the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. He worked in Jakarta and Belgrade prior to his extensive career in the VIPP / Close Personal Protection areas for the most of his career. Mr MOORE retired 24 February 1999. For his service, Mr MOORE was awarded the:

  • National Medal
  • National Police Service Medal
  • AFP Service medal


26 October 2017 – Clive Leslie STACE – Retired Inspector – AFP13038
Clive was born in Canberra on 11 January 1953 and passed away in Canberra aged 64 years. After a period in the Australian Navy, Mr STACE joined the Australian Protective Service on 11 June 1986. He spent his career at a number of different protection establishments across the ACT, rising to the rank of Inspector before transitioning to the Australian Federal Police in 2004. Mr STACE retired from the AFP at the rank of Inspector in July 2008. For his service Mr STACE was awarded

  • the National Medal, and
  • the AFP Service Medal.


28 October 2007 – John (Jack) Lewis STANTON – Retired Senior Sergeant – AFP241
Jack was born on 17 August 1929 and died in Perth aged 78 years. He joined the Commonwealth Police initially working in Canberra. He served in Cyprus as a  member of the  2nd Contingent May 1965 – 1966 and returned to Canberra. He transferred to Perth and transitioned to the Australian Federal Police on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. Jack spent his working career in Western Region and for his service he was awarded on 8 July 1992 the Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS.


28 October 2015 – David John YOUNG – AFP18888
David was born at Launceston, Tasmania on 21 August 1968 and passed away in Canberra aged 47 years. Mr YOUNG commenced with the AFP on 29 January 2008 and separated from the AFP on 3 April 2014. Mr YOUNG was a Psychologist posted to the IDG and Wellbeing Services. In recognition of his service he was awarded

  • the Police Overseas Service Medal with Regional Assistance Mission,
  • Solomon Island (RAMSI) Clasp and
  • the New Zealand Canterbury Earthquake Citation.


28 October 2018 – Richard Paul ROBERTS – Protective Service Superintendent – AFP2764
Richard was born on 9 August 1961 and passed away at AFP HQ, BARTON ACT aged 57 years. Superintendent ROBERTS joined the AFP on 30 June 1980 and resigned in August 1981. Superintendent ROBERTS then re-joined the AFP in September 1983. Mr ROBERTS long and distinguished AFP and Protective Service career included work in Canberra Operations, APS National Training Centre and Woomera. He was promoted to Protective Service Superintendent on 3 June 1999 and continued with Australian Protective Services within the Aviation portfolio. In 2004 after the reintegration of the APS into the AFP, Superintendent ROBERTS continued his career in Aviation Strategic Operations and more recently with Chief Finance Office as Coordinator Business Services. For his service to the AFP, Superintendent ROBERTS was awarded:

  • National Medal
  • Australian Federal Police Service Medal with 35 Year Clasp


29 October 2018 – Roy FARMER – QPM, APM – Retired Assistant Commissioner – AFP4
Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Roy FARMER was born on 10 July 1932 and died in Canberra of Heart attack aged 86 years. Mr FARMER joined the NSW Police Force in 1950, serving in many divisions before transferring to plain clothes duties. In 1959 he was awarded the Peter Mitchell Trophy as dux detective. Mr FARMER served two tours with the Australian Police with the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Cyprus as a member of the 4th Contingent (JAN1967 to JAN1968) and as the Deputy Commander of the 9th Contingent (1972 to 1973). Appointed to the Commonwealth Police Force, Central Crime Intelligence Bureau as a Sergeant in 1969, Mr FARMER was promoted to Inspector. OIC Plainclothes Branch, in 1972. Promoted to Chief Superintendent. OIC NSW District, in 1975, Mr FARMER was transferred to the Australian Police College at Manly as its Principal in 1977. In 1978, he was appointed Acting Commissioner (Crime Intelligence) prior to being seconded to the AFP Task Force, then to the AFP Planning Staff in September 1979. AFP DC Operations 1985-1991. Mr FARMER was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1977 and holds the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Mr FARMER was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and was a Consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Criminal Investigation Bill. DC FARMER left the AFP 3 July 1991. Married with three daughters, Mr FARMER was a gardening enthusiast and an ardent follower of the Sydney Rugby League competition. Not only did Mr FARMER undertake two deployments to Cyprus. On each occasion his home Police organisation was different e.g. 1967/68 NSW Police, 1972/73 Commonwealth Police, but he was unique in that he held both the Queens Police Medal and the Australian Police Medal.


29 October 2019 – Russell Joseph PERKINS – Retired Senior Constable – AFP968
Russell was born in Parkes, NSW on 27 March 1951 passed away at Gosford, NSW aged 68 years. Mr PERKINS joined the Australian Capital Territory Police on 3 June 1974 and became a member of the AFP on Foundation Day 19 October 1979. He spent his career in the ACT in various areas including General Duties and CIB. Mr PERKINS retired from the AFP on 19 July 1983.

More information on R.J.Perkins: click here

4 Comments

  1. Robyn Perkins

    Sorry but you have not added any commentary for Russell Perkins. I know he was the last to die in this month so don’t want his commentary to be forgotten. He will not be.

    Reply
    • AFPFMA

      Hi Robyn
      Russell will never be forgotten. We are just about to upload his service history, and we will forward tributes to you personally.

      Reply
      • Robyn Perkins

        Thank you. I have gained enormous comfort from the Police family over the last tri weeks. It is good that the families are thought about as we grieve

        Reply

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