For Wagga policeman Marc Lawrence, the well-being of those close to police officers killed on the job has long been an issue close to his heart.
Detective Senior Constable Lawrence has remained determined to help where he can, even if that means undertaking a mammoth bike ride between Sydney and Canberra, as he did late last month.
The Wagga law enforcer participated in the The NSW Police Legacy Ride with a small local team which included Inspector Robert Vergano, joining more than 100 police officers and family members.
His motivation stemmed from the tragic death of fellow officer Morgan Hill.
“Morgan was a colleague of mine in Sydney who sadly took his own life as a result of PTSD,” Constable Lawrence said.
The ride helps fund the Morgan Hill Education Scholarship Program which was set up in his name.
Constable Lawrence said he was pleased to participate in this year’s event - which raised more than $100,000 - after being forced to sit out ever year since 2014 due to unavailability.
“It really is a great initiative,” he said said.
“Legacy does fantastic work in terms of helping families and children of policemen and policewoman who were either killed or injured.”
The Wagga officer said the ride brought about a palpable sense of good will and connectedness.
“It's quite social when you're riding, everyone’s keen to have a chat,” he said.
“Everyone gives it their all and has their own reasons for doing it.”
The ride consisted of people of all abilities, with some amateur riders embarking on months of training in preparation.
The ride began at the NSW Police Memorial in Sydney on April 28 and finished at the National Police Memorial three days later, stopping in Mittagong and Goulburn on the way.
Constable Lawrence said he hoped to participate again next year.
“It depends on timing and availability a little bit, but there are a few more guys at the station who’re keen to get involved next year,” he said.
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