ROBIN and Kay Pearse still struggle to talk about the sudden loss of their son.
Sergeant Craig Pearse was a working police officer stationed in Maryborough when he died of a heart attack in December 2011.
He was one of many officers remembered at a ceremony in Bendigo yesterday.
“With a lovely turnout today and with some of the lovely speeches made, it really gladdens your heart,” Mr Pearse said.
“It’s a day to remember all those members who died whilst being serving members of the police force.
“It’s a chance to pay tribute to them.
“I think it’s a very worthwhile and satisfactory way to recognise the police who have passed away.”
Sergeant Pease had worked in Bendigo for more than two decades before transferring to Maryborough.
He was planning to return to Bendigo at the time of his death.
Mr Pearse said his passing had had an “irreparable impact” on his family and the community.
“It was a huge impact,” he said.
“He left two sons and a partner.
“It was a serious blow to the community and he was very well liked in the community.”
Sergeant Tony Kekich said Sergeant Pearse had been a close friend.
He remembered him as a dedicated policeman.
“He was a long-time friend of mine for over 20 years, a very close friend of my family as well,” Sergeant Kekich said.
“His attention to detail, his commit to duty and to serve the best he could possibly could every time he went out there on the street was prevalent every day of his life.
“Not many other words can really describe the presence of Craig Pearse in Bendigo.”
Robin Pearse said the ongoing support from police was highly valued.
“And his police funeral was a magnificent affair,” he said.
“I think there were over 1000 people there and it was an extraordinarily wonderful tribute.”