THERE has been an outpouring of grief following the death of four Victorian police officers on Wednesday evening, April 22.

Flags have been flown at half mast on public buildings, fire stations, shire offices and at police stations across the South Gippsland and Bass Coast district.

Named as the victims of the mind-numbing collision on the Eastern Freeway, East Kew were Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Constable Glen Humphris, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney who died after being hit by a truck.

It is the biggest loss of officers lives in a single event in Victoria Police’s history.

The officers have been remembered by colleagues as a veteran of the force with a great sense of adventure, a terrific bloke with a strong sense of humour, a new recruit with a great sense of empathy and a much loved recent graduate.

Constable Glen Humphris and Constable Josh Prestney were on extended training placements after recently graduating while Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Senior Constable Kevin King were highly experienced and valued members of the force.

Police are seeking dashcam footage to help piece together the chain of events on the Eastern Freeway and elsewhere prior to the tragic incident last Wednesday evening.

A post, supporting the local police family, on the Sentinel-Times website drew many comments and also thanks from serving local police officers and family members.

Here is a selection of the messages posted by community members:

  • Michelle: It’s terribly sad for all those concerned. Such trying times for everyone and now these poor families have been dealt the worst of worst. To all those emergency services personal, you are all doing an amazing job. It’s times like these that people need to band together.
  • Leanne: Cried myself to sleep last night. Thinking about the four police officers then my dad, brother and all other police officers I know and had worked with for so many years.
  • Cathy: Absolutely heartbreaking for their families, friends and work colleagues. My thoughts are with them.
  • Tanya: Just terrible. Heartfelt, strength and wishes to all family and friends of police officers and to emergency response teams.