Memorials

Hospitals

The Angela Taylor Child Protection Unit at Monash Medical Centre

Constable Angela Taylor was a youthful, energetic police officer who loved working with children so it was fitting that the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and Southern Health named this expanded unit in her memory. This Unit provides medicals, counselling and treatment to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and is one of only two such units servicing Victoria. Funding from the Blue Ribbon Foundation enabled the purchase of new equipment and allowed for an expansion of the Unit’s size including the installation of a private entrance. A very significant part of the expansion was a dedicated police office that allows police members to conduct interviews and investigations in private thereby ensuring that appropriate protocols can be managed onsite.

Since its initial opening the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation has provided additional funding so that other necessary equipment could be purchased.

The Angela Taylor Intensive Care Bed at Royal Melbourne Hospital

When Constable Angela Taylor was injured in the Russell Street bombing in 1986, she spent 24 agonizing days in the Intensive Care Department of the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Medical staff fought to save Angela’s life but to no avail. As a token of gratitude for the care and compassion the hospital extended to Angela, her family, work colleagues and the Blue Ribbon Foundation funded the purchase of an intensive care bed.

The Angela Taylor Intensive Care Room at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Opened in December 2003, this facility, named in memory of Constable Angela Taylor, provides very specialised treatment and care for extremely critical patients within the ICU at Royal Melbourne Hospital. With its state of the art equipment, it is one of the most advanced ICU rooms in Australia and allows for better medical treatment with a minimum level of movement and disruption to the patient. The room also accommodates immediate family members and loved-ones so they can remain close to the patient and maintain a level of privacy and dignity.

Constable Angela Rose Taylor was killed in April 1986 when a car bomb exploded outside the Russell Street Police Complex. She sustained extensive burns and other injuries in the explosion and died from those injuries 24 days later. Constable Taylor was the first police women in Australia to be feloniously slain in the line of duty.

The Eyre/Tynan Emergency Department at Goulburn Valley Hospital, Shepparton

Goulburn Valley Health (Shepparton Hospital) is the largest public health provider in the Hume region. To keep pace with the grwoing needs for modern health care the hospital received a redevlopment of its emergency department and the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation was proud to contribute $250,000 towards the purchase of new equipment. This project was undertaken jointly with the local community through the Shepparton Branch of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation. The revamped emergency department was provided with a new ambulance bay, three additional emergency treatment areas, a Short Stay Unit and overall improvements to existing facilities including staff and public areas. The Shepparton Branch continues its work in the community so that further facilities can be installed in local public hospitals.

The Eyre-Tynan Emergency Department at Shepparton Hospital is named in memory of Constables Damian Eyre and Steven Tynan who were murdered at Walshe Street, South Yarra on October 12th, 1988. Constable Eyre, who grew up in Shepparton, joined his father and brother as members of Victoria Police.

The George Howell Resuscitation Unit at Horsham Hospital

HOSPITAL-HORSHAM-1.jpg   The Wimmera Base Hospital at Horsham provides extensive healthcare to communities in Western Victoria and the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation provided a donation of $80,000 the purchase of modern equipment to be installed in the new, emergency resuscitation unit. This was a joint project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the community through the Horsham Branch where half of the funds were raised in the local community.

The Unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constable George Howell who was murdered in 1952. On Wednesday 30th January 1952, Constable Howell of East Malvern Police was patrolling on his bicycle around the Crystal Palace Theatre in Dandenong Road Caulfield. he had been assigned to keep an eye out for offenders breaking into cars. At about 10.35pm he intercepted a man interfering with a car. After a short struggle the man broke free and ran off with Constable Howell in foot persuit. The offender turned on the officer and shot him in the stomach at point blank range with a .22 sawn-off rifle. Although mortally wounded and unarmed, Constable Howell continued his persuit then collapsed a short time later. He later died in hospital but was able to give detectives a good description of his attacker, which later led to his arrest and conviction for murder. Constable Howell was postumously awarded the King's Police & Fire Service Medal for his courage and bravery under fire.

The George Taylor Resuscitation Unit at Echuca Hospital

The Emergency Resuscitation Unit at Echuca Hospital provides emergency life support for patients presenting at the Emergency Department. A donation from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon enabled the purchase of a portable, state of the art, patient ventilator that can also be carried by an ambulance to administer life support onsite. This was a joint project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Echuca Branch.

In 2011 further equipment was purchased for the hospital's emergency department as a cost of $18,066.

The Unit was dedicated as Police Memorial in memory of Constable George Taylor who was murdered in 1920. On Monday 15th March, 1920 Constable Taylor attempted to arrest Timothy Bennett who had exhibited symptoms of mental illness. Bennett produced a hand gun and fired at Taylor, fatally wounding him.

The John Glen Resuscitation Unit at Mildura Hospital

The Resuscitation Unit at Mildura Base Hospital provides critical care and life support to patients admitted with a range of conditions including respitory distress and heart attack. A donation from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation enabled the purchase of specialised equipment for the unit and was a joint project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Mildura Branch.

The Unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constable John Glen who was killed in 1956. On Saturday August 4th, 1956 Constable Glen of the T District Mobile Traffic Section was riding a police motorcycle along Melbourne Road, Corio when he collided with a motorcar and later died in the Geelong Hospital.

The John McNally Emergency Department at Ararat Hospital

In 2003 works commenced on a complete redevelopment of the Ararat Hospital and the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation was able to contribute to the re-building of the emergency department. This was completed as a joint project in partnership with the local community through the Ararat Barnch of the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Today the Ararat Hospital Emergency Department can provide state of the art emergency & trauma care to the people of Ararat and surrounding districts. This project, commissioned as a Police Memorial in May 2004, was the first stage in a continuing relationship with the community of Ararat and their public hospital.

Sergeant John McNally became the first member of Victoria Police to be feloniously slain in the line of duty when he was murdered at the Mt Ararat goldfields on 16th October, 1856. Whilst trying to arrest a suspect over a string of armed robberies an associate of the suspect intervened and fired his shotgun, killing Sergeant McNally and seriously injuring his partner, Constable John Moore. Sergeant McNally's sacrifice is acknowledged through this an other projects installed at the Ararat Hospital.

The John McNally Emergency Helicopter Landing Pad at Ararat Hospital

HOSPITAL-ARARAT-1.jpg    Stage 2 of our commitment to the community of Ararat and their hospital was the construction of an emergency, helicopter landing pad that adjoins the already established John McNally Emergency Department. This project was undertaken in partnership with our Regional Branch in Ararat who then engaged their local community to not only assist with fundraising but to also provide materials and construction expertise for the helipad. This resulted in one of the most modern facilities of its kind in Australia and has been accepted as the standard for new structures.

Automated transponders were installed along approach paths to activate landing lights and alert emregncy department staff of an inbound flight. The helipad provides a first-response air-ambulance resource for the local community and surrounding district, 24 hours a day. Cost of this project was $150,000 funded as a partnership between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, its Ararat Regional Branch and the Ararat Rural City.

The Emergency Helipad was dedicated as a Police Memorial to Sergrant John McNally in October 2006 by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kieran Walshe, APM.

The John McNally Medical Imaging Unit at Ararat Hospital

With substantial donations from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation the Ararat Hospital was able to purchase an image intensifier for its surgical department and new X-Ray equipment for the Medical Imaging Unit. This was a joint project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Ararat Branch and was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Sergeant John McNally who was murdered at the Mt Ararat Goldfields in 1856.

The Norm Curson ICU/CCU Room at Bendigo Hospital

Things are usually serious when a patient is admitted to an Instensive Care Unit. The anxiety and stress often extends to family and friends who understandably want to be close by. The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation recognises that there needs to be facilities for families, as well as patients and installed a special room in the ICU/CCU Department at Bendigo Hospital with this in mind. The room provides a quiet and private place for families and loved ones who have patients in Intensive or Critical care at the hospital. It is fitted with comfortable furnishings, TV, DVD, Video and has its own kitchen area so that people can have refreshments and meals. It also acts as a counseling room when medical staff need to discuss a patient's condition and prognosis in privacy.

The ICU/CCU Room at Bendigo Hospital was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Senior Constable Charles Norman Curson. At about 3.20pm of Tuesday 8th January 1974, Senior Constable Curson of the Melbourne District Traffic & Patrol Division was standing onthe steps of Flinders Street raileay station when a man walked up behind him, produced a knife and cut the policeman's throat. Curson was rushed to the Prince Henry's Hospital but died two hours later. The death of Senior Constable Curson in this manner perhaps underlines how suddenly and randomly police members may be faced with life threatening situations.

The Ray Denman Short Stay Unit at Goulburn Valley Hospital, Shepparton

The Short Stay Unit was built as part of the redevelopment of the Goulburn Valley Hospital in Shepparton. It is designed to receive and monitor patients for up to 48 hours who present with a range of symptoms that may not result in immediate diagnosis. It provides an intermediate area of patient care, which is fully staffed and monitored, providing medical staff with more flexibility to diagnose and treat patients or transfer them to other treatment areas including the adjoining emergency department if required. This project was undertaken as a joint partnership between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Shepparton Branch. Funding of $250,000 was provided to create the Short Stay Unit and for works in the emergency department.

The Short Stay Unit at Goulburn Valley Hospital was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of First Constable Ray Denman who was murdered on 3rd May 1964. On Sunday 3rd May 1964 Constable Denman received a call from a distressed woman who reported that her boyfriend was armed with a shotgun and was trying to beat down her back door. Constable Denman responded and went to the rear of the house where the offender fired upon him with the shotgun, killing him instantly. The dedication of this memorial was a proud moment for Constable Denman's daughter, Gail, who works at the Goulburn Valley Hospital.

The Rennie Page Oncology Unit at Wangaratta Hospital

The Oncology Unit was a welcome additional to services at the Wangaratta Hospital. It now offers chemotherapy treatments to patients in the local district which has greatly reduced the need for patients to travel to Melbourne for their ongoing treatments. This was a joint project between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the North East Branch.

The Oncology Unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial to Senior Constable Rennie Page who was killed in the line of duty is 2005. On Tuesday 26th April, 2005 Senior Constable Page of the Benalla Traffic Management Unit was conducting traffic patrol duties on the Hume Highway near Benalla. He intercepted a vehicle which parked on the left shoulder of the road. S/C Page was speaking to the driver when another vehicle travelling north struck him at high speed, killing him instantly.

The Robert Lane Resuscitation Unit at Swan Hill Hospital

Upgrading the Resuscitation Unit was the first stage of a long-term commitment by the Blue Ribbon Foundation to the Swan Hill Hospital. New equipment installed in the Emergency Department now provides better life-support treatment for local patients and further donations will be made in the future for additional facilities. Our commitment to the Swan Hill Hospital is a joint venture with the local community through the Swan Hill Branch.

The unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Detective Senior Constable Robert Lane who was murdered at Kyalite in 1979. On Friday 13th July DSC Lane accompanied David Chapman, an 18 year-old car theft suspect, to a disused bus parked in a campsite at Kyalite, NSW. Whilst Lane searched the bus Chapman took a .22 rifle and shot the Detective in the head. The policeman fell to floor and Chapman then walked up and again shot him in the head. He then dumped Lane's body in a nearby sullage pit then stole the police car to make his escape.

The Russell Thompson Resuscitation Unit at Geelong Hospital

HOSPITAL-GEELONG-1.jpg     The installation of a state of the art resuscitation unit was part of a redevelopment of the Geelong Hospital's Emergency Department. A donation of $300,000 from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation enabled the purchase of modern equipment to fit out two complete resuscitation bays and was a joint project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local commnunity through the Geelong Branch.

The unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Sergeant Russell Thompson who was killed in the line of duty in 1987. On Thursday 9th September, 1987 Sergeant Thompson of Corio police was on patrol duties along the Midland Highway, North Geelong, when he intercepted a vehicle to conduct a routine license check. As he was speaking to the motorist he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle travelling at high speed. The offending driver failed to stop at the accident scene but was later located and charged with a number of offences.

The Silk-Miller Trauma Centre at Dandenong Hospital

The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation undertook one of its largest community projects when it agreed to fund the purchase of new equipment for the Emergency & Trauma Units at Dandenong Hospital. Next to the Alfred, Dandenong has the State's second busiest emergency department that badly needed up to date patient monitoring systems. The Blue Ribbon Foundation donated $350,000 to provide a new monitoring system for each of the emergency treatment bays and more advanced units for the emergency resuscitation bays within the Trauma Unit. The system enables centralised monitoring of all emergency patients and allows doctors to make quicker assessments when patients are first admitted into emergency.

The Trauma Centre at Dandeong Hospital was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller who were murdered at Moorabbin in August, 1998. Sergeant Silk and Senior Constable Miller were engaged in a special operation investigating a spate of armed robberies in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. At about 12.20am on Sunday 16th August, 1998 they intercepted a vehicle being driven by two men that was acting suspiciously. While checking the vehicle the occupants produced firearms and fatally shot both officers. The murder of these officers and the subsequent public reaction gave rise to Blue Ribbon Day, a permanent day of remembrance for all police killed in the line of duty.

The Simon DeWinne Emergency Department at Benalla Hospital

HOSPITAL-BENALLA-1.jpg    The installation of new resuscitation equipment was the first of a three stage commitment by the Blue Ribbon Foundation for upgrades to the emergency department at Benalla Hospital. This has been a joint funding project between the Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the North East Branch.

This first stage has been dedicated as a Police Memorial to Senior Constable Simon DeWinne who was killed in the line of duty near Swanpool in 1998.

The Stephen Henry Resuscitation and Grief & Counselling Rooms

With donations from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation the Colac Hospital was able to upgrade facilities in their Emergency Department through the inclusion of a dedicated resuscitation Unit. The equipment purchased for the unit a start of the art, portable ventilator that can also be carried by the local ambulance to provide critical patients in outlying areas with immediate life support that can stay connected on arrival at hospital. Additional funds were also donated so that a Grief & Counselling room could be created for the comfort and privacy of relatives and friends who have patients in the emergency department. Both of these units were funded in a partnership between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Colac Branch.

The Resuscitation Unit and the Grief & Counselling Room were dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Senior Constable Stephen Henry of the Traffic Operations Group who was murdered in 1982. On Thursday 29th January, 1982 Senior Constable Henry was on duty riding his motorcycle along the Hume Highway at Wandong, near Seymour when attempted to intercept a motor car that was being driven recklessly. Unknown to S/C Henry, the vehicle was stolen and being driven by a man who had recently escaped from a Sydney psychiatric hospital. The offender pointed a high-powered rifle at the officer and fired, inflicting massive head wounds. Senior Constable Henry died in hospital on March 1st, 1982 without regaining consciousness.

The Tony Clarke Trauma Theatre at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

HOSPITAL-ALFRED-2.jpg    A very specialised surgical theatre dedicated for critically injured patients being admitted to the Alfred’s Trauma Centre. With operating suites constantly in use at the hospital this new facility provides immediate theatre facilities to trauma patients where minutes and seconds could mean the difference between life & death.

This unit was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Senior Constable Tony Clarke who was murdered at Yarra Junction in 2005. In the early hours of Sunday 24th April Senior Constable Clarke of the Know Regional Traffic Task Unit was on patrol along the Warburton Highway. It is alleged that he intercepted a vehicle to administer a breath test to the driver and at some point this person managed to get possession of S/C Clarke's gun. He was fatally shot and left on the side of the road as the offender stole the police car and escaped. The police car was found abandoned a short time later and a police search located the offender in bushland where it appears he took his own life using the police officer's gun.

The Tynan-Eyre Diagnostic Centre at the Alfred Hospital

This unit houses the hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging system. Unlike other diagnostic processes, MRI provides doctors with more accurate images capable of detecting tumours as small as a pin head. Funding by the Blue Ribbon Foundation has enabled the hospital to purchase enhancements to the MRI to aid surgeons with pre-surgical computer imaging, simulations and the accurate diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

The Tynan-Eyre Diagnostic Unit at the Alfred was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constables Steven Tynan & Damian Eyre who were murdered at Walshe Street, South Yarra on October 12th, 1988. It was the first hospital memorial to be commissioned by the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.

The Tynan-Eyre Epilepsy Monitoring Ward at the Alfred Hospital

ALFRED-FRONT-(1).jpg     Epilepsy is a condition that affects many Victorians and has no age discrimination. Children are often born with epilepsy even though seizures don’t occur until later. Medication can control the disease but a surgical cure is often not possible. But the Epilepsy Monitoring Ward at the Alfred is using state of the art technology, and the resources of the MRI unit to provide patients with a selective, surgical cure for the disease. Funding by the Blue Ribbon Foundation has enabled the Ward to purchase the equipment necessary to selectively locate the brain area from which seizures emanate. In its first year of operation, surgeons were able to provide a total cure to just over 80% of the patients attending the Ward. Their target is to provide a cure for more than 8,000 epilepsy sufferers in the years ahead thereby enabling them to live full and productive lives.

The Tynan-Eyre Epilepsy Monitoring Ward at the Alfred was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constables Steven Tynan & Damian Eyre who were murdered at Walsh Street, South Yarra on October 12th, 1988.

The Tynan-Eyre Stereotactic Radiosurgery Unit at the Alfred Hospital

ALFRED-FRONT.jpg   A significant donation from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation enabled the purchase of equipment for this life-saving procedure that treats certain tumours normally considered to be inoperable. It uses images from the MRI to guide an intense beam of X-Rays at the tumour. Best of all, this procedure is non-evasive and is handled as an outpatient service.

The Tynan-Eyre Stereotactic Radiosurgery Unit at the Alfred was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constables Steven Tynan & Damian Eyre who were murdered at Walshe Street, South Yarra on October 12th, 1988.

The Tynan-Eyre Trauma Centre at Bendigo Hospital

Opened in April 1999, the Tynan-Eyre Trauma Centre is used to stabilise and treat critical patients in the State’s central and northern regions. The extended facilities provide by the Blue Ribbon Foundation allows for more complex procedures and treatments to be performed locally minimising the need for patients to be rushed to Melbourne. Among the patients treated in this unit were four police officers shot during a siege at Kangaroo Flat just out of Bendigo. All four made full recoveries and were able to return to duty. This project was funded as a partnership between the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation and the local community through the Bendigo Branch. It was the first major hospital project in country Victoria to receive funding from the foundation and was dedicated as a Police Memorial in memory of Constables Steven Tynan & Damian Eyre who were murdered at Walsh Street South Yarra in 1988.