'We owe him so much': emotional farewell for slain officer

The grief-stricken wife and brothers of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson will on Wednesday deliver an emotional eulogy to the slain officer, as he is farewelled by hundreds of mourners including the force's top brass and colleagues.

His three children, parents and extended family will be at the centre of a service with full police honours at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will delivery the valedictory, with deputy commissioners Nick Kaldas, Catherine Burn and Dave Hudson and dozens of other senior officers to attend and lead mourners.

A funeral procession with marching escort and low-level fly past from Polair helicopters will travel along Victoria Road, Parramatta, between Marist Place and O'Connell Street at the conclusion of the service.

Governor Marie Bashir, Premier Barry O'Farrell, opposition leader John Robertson, police minister Mike Gallacher and Parramatta Lord Mayor John Chedid, will also pay their respects.

In an open letter penned for Fairfax Media, Mr Scipione paid tribute to one of the force's finest: ?

"Today we honour a brave man. Bryson Anderson. A police officer, and so much more.

"A man who was so deeply respected by the community in which he lived, worked and devoted much of his spare time. A true man of the people.

"His service to the community was far greater than simply those days when he wore that blue uniform with such pride and distinction.

"And, of course, Bryson was a loving husband, father and brother to his own family.

"To this family we owe so much. A debt of gratitude for the support you gave Bryson as he went about his duties.

"Police officers understand that each day they go to work, they put their lives on the line. This tragedy reminds us all of the sacrifice that goes with that understanding.

"Our community will always rely on men and women of courage who are willing to put up their hands to serve and protect. Bryson Anderson stood tall in their ranks.

"Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson, friend, you have left us with an enduring legacy, a standard to which we can all aspire and for which we are forever grateful.

"You will always be remembered".

Andrew Scipione

12 December 2012."

The story 'We owe him so much': emotional farewell for slain officer first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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