Merit award for late Sgt Grenfell
SERGEANT William Grenfell was a “stickybeak”, his wife said.
He was a man with a natural curiosity and heightened intuition, two very good characteristics for a police officer.
It was these attributes that helped him nab two men responsible for a double murder in Queensland in 1975 after they were caught stealing milk money from houses in Gosford.
After checking the interstate messages at the Gosford police station, Sgt Grenfell notified Queensland Detectives who travelled to the Central Coast town and arrested the pair.
Sgt Grenfell’s wife Betty accepted a posthumous certificate of merit on behalf of her late husband, who displayed an “outstanding diligence to duty.”
At her Alstonville home yesterday, Mrs Grenfell’s eyes glistened as Richmond Local Area Commander Acting Superintendent Mick Dempsey recognised the work of her partner of 70 years, who died last year.