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Proud performance by Albany Police Rangers

Published: December 16, 2020 12:00am

It was a moment of immense pride when Albany PCYC Police Rangers took part in the Remembrance Day street parade through the town and the service at the war memorial on 11 November.

Their tremendous discipline was on public display and especially when First Class Ranger Ella Anderson, Senior Ranger Larni Ramsell and Senior Ranger Ella Finn marched on to take up their positions as flag orderlies.

Indeed, all the Police Rangers did such a fabulous job that they received a formal letter of congratulations from Albany RSL Sub-Branch Services Director, Michael Tugwell.

“I was extremely pleased with the performance, dress and bearing, attitude and attendance of the Rangers at the recent Remembrance Day service at the War Memorial and then at the RSL Club rooms during the after function,” he wrote.

“The flag orderlies did you proud and are the best I have seen in the last four years. Your wreath orderlies also deserve comment, their efforts added a special touch to the wreath laying ceremony.”

The praiseworthy role of the PCYC Police Rangers in the important Remembrance Day commemoration is all the more remarkable considering they had limited time to practice because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The flag orderlies in particular did a magnificent job, given without any practice since the very early part of the year. Being a flag orderly requires team work and discipline, marching onto the area around the memorial, raising the flag, saluting the flag and then lowering it, all with absolute precision and in unison. In between the flag duties, the orderlies stood stock still for almost an hour in front of the big crowd throughout the entire ceremony.

“It’s a big task,” said Joanne Rose, Albany PCYC Centre Support Officer. “We only managed to get in three or four training sessions with the local army reserves prior to the big day.

“We’re so very proud of all our Police Rangers who remained calm and disciplined under the pressure of having such a big role in what is one of the most important public events held in Albany each year.”

Albany PCYC Police Rangers at the Remembrance Day service.