On the evening of Friday, 16 February the lives of two police officers were changed forever and while both are now in stable but serious conditions, they face lengthy recovery periods.
Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields Command Officers, Senior Constable Jonathon ‘Jono’ Wright and Senior Constable Matthew Foley were injured in an RBT crash when they were struck by a 22-year-old driver who veered into them while allegedly checking his phone.
Both officers were pinned between the car and a police van.
Surgeons were forced to amputate Senior Constable Wright’s right foot and the lower part of his leg. Senior Constable Foley suffered significant leg, arm and head injuries.
Your Association had Organisers on the ground immediately after the incident providing prompt support and critical incident advice. In the days following they have been by the side of family members and will remain close by to provide continued member and financial support as well as additional resources.
In support of the Police Family, your Association, in conjunction with NSW Police Legacy and the NSW Police Force, has set up an appeal account, and all donations will go directly to the families.
For any members wishing to donate, the details are below:
NSW Police Legacy Appeal account details:
Name: NSW Police Legacy Appeal
BSB: 815 000
A/C: 282951 S1
NSW Police Legacy is the Police Force Charity. Initially founded to support bereaved families following the loss of their loved one, we now extend our commitment to support police officers and their families in challenging times who are experiencing misfortune and require extra support.
Your Association has been in constant contact with both officers since the incident occurred.
Our Member Support Coordinator (MSC), Jon Goddard is ensuring that full assistance and every service of the PANSW Member Welfare Assistance Scheme is available to them.
Ensuring the welfare of our members remains a high priority. The Member Welfare Assistance Scheme is funded and managed by the PANSW and supports members in financial distress or in need of urgent assistance.
We continue to provide ongoing support to both officers, their families and colleagues impacted by this incident.