Kylie’s warm spirit lives on
TEN years ago Constable Kylie Smith of Richmond Local Area Command was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident as she travelled to work at Casino police station.
She was pregnant at the time, and her husband Detective Inspector David Mackie was left behind to pick up the pieces, move forward and, above all, care for the couple's infant daughter Ella.
Yesterday colleagues, friends and family gathered for a quiet memorial in the front garden of the Casino police station.
There were men and women in blue, detectives in black, some sitting under a sun shade and the rest standing under the cool cover of a spreading mango tree.
With the station flag at half mast, local area command chaplain Chris Wallace reminded the 30 or so gathered that her warm spirit still existed in another form.
"We can be assured that she is very much alive," he said. "We can be sure she is still with us today as we remember 10 years that have passed."
Certainly Kylie's memory lives on, with an annual award in her name for officers in the Richmond Area Local Command who have shown dedication to duty.
Det Insp David Mackie said yesterday that the time since her tragic passing had flown very quickly.
"It amazes me how quick the time goes," he said.
"I'd like to thank everyone for coming here today."
Det Insp Greg Moore described the memorial as "an opportunity to reflect on what's lost".
For Senior Constable Lani Campbell, the memorial was a time to reflect on a warm friendship with Kylie who she described as "a spirited, beautiful girl".
"Walking into the police station when Kylie was working was like walking into a florist shop. The smell of her signature sweet perfume would fill the corridors," she said.
"She would wish you good morning with that most beautiful smile. It was that smile and her vibrant personality that warmed the hearts of everyone she met.
"As I watch Kylie's gorgeous daughter Ella here I see Kylie in her eyes. Kylie's spirit certainly lives on through her daughter."