Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson went to the aid of another injured officer "without hesitation" despite having sustained serious knife wounds that would prove fatal, his funeral service has been told.
More than 2000 people have packed St Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta to farewell the 45-year-old father of three, who was killed after attending a neighbourhood dispute in his local area command of Hawkesbury last Thursday afternoon.
In delivering the valedictory, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said it was his great honour to bestow upon the late officer two of the force's highest awards, including the Commissioner's Valour Award for the "conspicuous action and exceptional courage he displayed at the incident in Oakville where he lost his life".
"After being attacked with a knife and sustaining wounds that would prove fatal, Detective Inspector Anderson went to the aid of a fellow injured officer without hesitation," Mr Scipione said.
"By his conspicuous actions and exceptional courage in a dangerous situation, Detective Inspector Anderson evinced the highest standards of the New South Wales Police Force and is so conferred with the Commissioner’s Valour Award."
Detective Inspector Anderson was also posthumously awarded the National Police Service Medal, in recognition of his "ethical and diligent service in protecting the community."
His widow, Donna, noted Wednesday's date - the 12/12/12.
"They say there will never be another day like this for a thousand years and I pray for the sake of my family and the police community that they're right," she said, choking back tears.
Mr Scipione said he was "deeply honoured, and indeed privileged, to be able to represent every member of the New South Wales Police Force here today to farewell a man who served his community with courage, honour, and distinction."
"Our prayers are with you Bryson. May you rest in peace."
More than $100,000 has now been donated to the memorial fund for Detective Inspector Anderson’s family, thanks to a $50,000 gift from businessman Dick Smith.
“All the monies donated to the fund will go to support the family of the fallen officer sadly left behind,’’ said Police Association President Scott Weber.
Donations can be made to the Bryson Anderson Memorial Fund, details of which are here: www.pansw.org.au.