TRAGIC CRASH: Detective Dave Mackie at the funeral of his wife, Const Kylie Smith
TRAGIC CRASH: Detective Dave Mackie at the funeral of his wife, Const Kylie Smith

It?s just another day without Kylie

By ZOE SATHERLEY

IMAGINE putting your life on the line for your job every day. This is the reality for the nation's police officers whose fallen comrades will be remembered today for Police Remembrance Day. Officers like the late Const Kylie Smith, who died in February last year while driving to work in Casino. She left behind a devastated husband, detective Dave Mackie, and a heartbroken child, her daughter, Ella, now four. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph Det Mackie, who is now overseas, said he has been on autopilot since losing his wife, who was six months pregnant, in the accident. "For us, Remembrance Day is just another day without Kylie," he said. "Lots of dates come and go that I find much harder ? our wedding anniversary, and birthdays. "They are days that really make you think about how short life is. "It's really sad to look at Ella and to see what she's missing out on. It's such a tragedy she will never know her mother." Other local police officers who will be honoured today include: nSnr Const Grant Eastes, from Lismore, who died in January 1990. He took his own life after suffering severe post traumatic stress following his attendance at the infamous fatal Grafton bus crash. nSnr Const Glenn Rampling and Const First Class Peter Figtree, Ballina detectives, who died in June 1989. Their highway patrol car slammed into a power pole during a pur- suit. nConst First Class Andrew Murray, from Tabulam, who died in March 1989. He was holidaying with his family at Byron Bay and went to the aid of a swimmer in distress. He was carried out to sea and never seen again. nSnr Const Warren James, of Tweed Heads, who died in September 1986. He was returning to the station after attending Lismore Court when the police car in which he was a passenger crashed into a tree.



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