A moving start to a Police Legacy golf day happened at Kiama on Friday when more than 140 players held a minutes silence for Chief Inspector Steven “Johnno” Johnson who died unexpectedly on Tuesday.
The inaugural event hosted by the Wollongong branch of the Police Association and the Illawarra Police Golf Club was held to raise money for the families of sick or injured Police officers and others who have died.
Many were initially motivated to attend in support of Senior Constable Jono Wright and Matt Foley and their familes. The two officers were seriously injured at an RBT site in February.
But those present also wanted ot pay tribute to Chief Inspector Johnson and removed their caps to pause in his memory.
It followed comments from Jason Hogan who said “unfortunately the Police Legacy family became a little bigger this week. His children will be among those who will benefit from your contributions today”.
Funds raised will also help Sergeant Rob Sasagi’s two children through school. He is battling terminal cancer.
Police Association Wollongong branch official Sergeant Robert Minns said the Rob Sasagi Golf Day was named in his honour. But he only agreed to letting his name be used as long as the proceeds went to other families in need. Scott Nicholls said Sgt Sasagi was a passionate Police officer who was extremely grateful for the support Police Legacy provided families like his.
Highway Patrol officers from the Macarthur came to play in support of their colleagues Jono Wright and Matt Foley.
Supervisors Scott Murphy and Rob Stratton wanted to thank everyone has helped them and their families since the accident. Including the 141 golfers on Friday. “We certainly appreciate it and I know the guys definitely do. I know they feel a little embarrassed about needing help but this is fantastic,” Mr Murphy said.
The golf day was a four person ambrose supported by the Police Association of NSW, NSW Police Legacy, Kiama Golf Club and more than 25 business sponsors. The goal was to attract 18 hole sponsors and 80 players to try and raise $5000.
Sgt Minns said to have more than 140 golfers and close to 30 sponsors was an incredible start to what is likely to become an annual event.