Fallen police officers commemorated at Epworth Richmond
Photo L – R: Epworth Richmond Executive Director Nicole Waldron and Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade with Leo Kennedy and Victoria Police and Blue Ribbon Foundation members.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation (VPBRF) has for the first time funded a private health facility in order to commemorate three officers who died while performing their duty to the community.
The commemoration ceremony at Epworth Richmond on 29 June honoured Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Scanlan and Lonigan — the three policemen who were killed at Stringybark Creek, near Glenrowan, Victoria, by Ned Kelly’s gang in 1878.
For many years now, Epworth HealthCare has fostered a positive relationship with the Blue Ribbon Foundation and Epworth continues to be the preferred healthcare organisation for Victoria Police requiring hospital or emergency care.
The significance of the friendship was justly recognised by the Blue Ribbon Foundation which donated $200,000 towards the resuscitation area rooms in Epworth Richmond’s emergency department, which opened in February this year.
The ceremony was attended by descendents of the families of the fallen police, senior Victoria Police members, the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, Freemasons Victoria and Epworth senior executives. After addresses by key attendees including Epworth Group Chief Executive Alan Kinkade and Chairman of the VPBRF Mr Bill Noonan OAM, a police honour guard stood to attention during the unveiling of two commemorative plaques, while police chaplain Rev. Dr John Broughton read multi-faith prayers.
Leo Kennedy, a descendent of Michael and speaking on behalf of the family, said the event was deeply moving and that the families were grateful to Epworth for this recognition.
“It was so uplifting for us to have Michael Kennedy, Thomas Lonigan and Michael Scanlan remembered in such a positive way,” says Leo. “We cannot thank Epworth and its people enough. The day was a very emotional one for the families and Epworth’s people were so welcoming and caring toward us. We feel ever connected. These policemen can again give service to Victoria through this wonderful facility.”
Alan spoke about our fantastic new emergency department at Epworth Richmond and how the donation from VPBRF will benefit patients, thanking the police for their service to the community.
“The difficult work of police officers is recognised and valued by Epworth and the Victorian community. The 2014 Blue Ribbon Foundation Charity Ball raised funds for this dedication, which was also supported generously by Freemasons Victoria and the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation,” said Alan.
While the three policemen were individually stationed at Mansfield, Violet Town and Benalla, all three attended the Richmond Police Barracks, which in the 1870s were located on the corner of Hoddle St and Wellington St.
Visit the Blue Ribbon Foundation website for more information about supporting community projects in Victoria in memory of police who lose their lives in the line of duty.