Two Victorian policemen have been honoured with posthumous Valour Awards on the 30th anniversary of the Walsh Street killings.
Constable Steven Tynan, 22, and Constable Damien Eyre, 19, were shot dead in the line of duty in Walsh Street, South Yarra, on October 12, 1988, after being ambushed near an abandoned car.
Four men were tried for the constables’ murder but were acquitted in 1991. No one has ever been convicted of the killings.
In a moving service at Prahran Police Station this morning, Frank Eyre accepted his son’s award before reflecting on how that tragic night changed policing forever in Victoria.
“There’s a lot to be learned from that day… There’s things to be learned by myself and older policemen that day – the way it happened,” Mr Eyre said.
Constable Tynan’s mother Wendy laid flowers for her son, telling 9News his memory remains with her.
“Everyday is the same. He’s always with us, always.”
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton travelled back to Melbourne from his fundraising walk across the state just for the occasion.
“Remember two young men cut down in the prime of their lives,” Chief Comm Ashton said.
He also praised the families of the young victims for their dignity in dealing with “the greatest of heartbreaks”.
“I can’t even imagine.”
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