Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gone but Not Forgotten; Policeman Shot in Line of Duty

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gone but Not Forgotten; Policeman Shot in Line of Duty

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Byline: Alison Paterson alison.paterson@northernstar.com.au

"ALL of Ballina stood still."

Shirley McQueen speaks quietly as she recalls the day hundreds of New South Wales police officers lined the streets of Ballina and flags were lowered to half-mast for the funeral of her beloved son Allan, 26.

It was a day where complete strangers joined family, friends and colleagues crowded into St Mary's Anglican Church.

Hundreds of mourners packed a nearby hall and many more stood outside to witness the service with full police honours which paid tribute to Constable McQueen, farewelling a beloved son, brother, police officer and friend.

At his service, it was noted that "by his actions Constable McQueen displayed conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril and as a result was posthumously awarded the Star of Courage for conspicuous courage under great peril, and the NSW Police Valour Award".

It's nearly 30 years since the day while on duty with the Sydney District Anti-Theft Squad at Kings Cross, the 26-year-old police constable was twice shot in the chest when trying to apprehend a car thief on April 24, 1989. He died on May 5.

For his parents, it's a day they will never forget.

"He was not even supposed to be on duty," his father said.

"It was supposed to be his day off."

As members of the District Anti-Theft Squad, Constable McQueen together with colleagues Constable First Class Ross Judd and Probationary Constable Jason Donnelly were patrolling in Woolloomooloo when they saw an offender apparently attempting to break into a motor vehicle.

While Constable Judd park- ed the police vehicle, Constable McQueen and Constable Donnelly detained the man who then produced a concealed weapon.

The man shot Constable McQueen twice in the chest and Constable Donnelly in the abdomen.

Despite their injuries, both officers chased the offender, who continued firing at them until they collapsed from their wounds. …

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