Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Service a Venardos Specialty; Ex-Mayor's Great-Grandfather Remembered in Canberra

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Service a Venardos Specialty; Ex-Mayor's Great-Grandfather Remembered in Canberra

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Byline: Scott Kovacevic scott.kovacevic@gympietimes.com

TWO Venardos brothers, two of their sons and a great-grandfather; police service is a "unique" family affair for former Gympie mayor Mick Venardos.

Today, the Venardos family will be commemorating the service commitment of three generations in Canberra as part of a Remembrance Day ceremony to honour officers who died in the line of duty, including Mr Venardos' great-grandfather.

Theodore Reinholt Herman died of a heart attack while escorting two drunk people from a Blackall hotel to the police station, collapsing after opening the cell for them to enter on September 3, 1950.

Describing him as a "country copper", Mr Venardos was honoured to be able to recognise his grandfather's 37-year commitment to the community.

"It's a wonderful thing that the service has recognised their services to the community,"he said.

"To have our grandfather so recognised is a wonderful testament to his service to the community. …

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