Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, died throughout an unsuccessful try to save lots of worldwide scholar Jennifer Qi, 24, who was sucked in on the Wollangambe Canyon, on Mount Wilson, north west of Sydney, on January 2.
Senior Constable Foster’s household, mates and colleagues gathered in Lithgow within the Blue Mountains, for her funeral on Thursday afternoon.
Her dad and mom and her companion Gavin Morom – who trekked to the picturesque spot along with her on the day of her dying – have been seen comforting one another throughout the funeral at Lithgow Uniting Church on Thursday.
Fellow cops carried her coffin draped with an Australian flag into the church.
Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, died within the Blue Mountains west of Sydney whereas attempting to save lots of a younger lady who received sucked right into a whirlpool
The casket of Snr Cnst Foster is carried into the church by masked members of the NSW Police power on Thursday afternoon
The dad and mom of Snr Cnst Kelly Foster and the police officer’s companion consolation one another on the funeral service in Lithgow on Thursday
Mourners embrace one another as they arrive for the police funeral of Snr Cnst Kelly Foster on Thursday afternoon
The household of Snr Cnst Kelly Foster are seen in entrance of her casket for the emotionally-charged funeral at Lithgow Uniting Church
Snr Cnst Foster’s dad and mom at her funeral on Thursday. The police officer had solely just lately returned to the NSW Police Pressure after overcoming breast most cancers
Different officers then adopted carrying the 39-year-old’s police medals.
To permit members of the general public to pay their respects, a funeral procession and marching escort then travelled alongside one of many city’s foremost roads.
A police motorcade and officers on horseback escorted the hearse previous tons of of mourners and well-wishers who turned out to pay their respects to the much-loved senior officer.
The officer’s household later launched a press release describing her as a ‘loving sister, daughter, companion and buddy’.
‘She was one among a sort; powerful when she wanted to be, however selfless, all the time supporting the folks round her,’ the assertion learn.
‘This was true all through her life, from her earliest function as a protecting massive sister, to her early profession as a instructor, and later as a police officer.
Household, mates and colleagues of the police officer gathered at Lithgow Uniting Church for her funeral on Thursday afternoon
Pictured: The order of service booklet for the funeral. Members of the general public have been allowed to pay their respects to the police officer throughout a procession by way of the city
The Foster household on Thursday supplied extra photos of the police officer – who her family members praised for her ‘grit and resilience’
‘She overcame the challenges in her life with grit and resilience and did so with a smile that lit up her complete face – and each room she entered, a sparkle in her eye and amusing that was infectious.’
Her family members mentioned the Foster household would stay ‘ceaselessly linked’ with the Qi household due to their shared tragedy.
‘It was a mutual love of the outside that introduced each Kelly and Jenni to be on the Wollangambe journey collectively that day,’ the assertion learn.
‘Jenni beloved the outside, tenting and mountain climbing commonly. She had even purchased herself a Jeep to do the off-road driving wanted to get to the locations she needed to achieve!
‘Our hearts exit to Jenni’s household and mates who’re additionally grieving right now. We are going to stay ceaselessly linked by this tragedy and our shared grief.’
A motorcade of police motorbikes arrive on the officer’s funeral at Lithgow Uniting Church on Thursday afternoon – nearly two weeks after her tragic dying
The officer’s household launched a press release following the funeral describing her as a ‘loving sister, daughter, companion and buddy’
Ms Qi had been working as a software program engineer after graduating with a First Class Honours diploma in laptop science from the College of Sydney.
Snr Cnst Foster had served within the police power since 2010 and was extremely regarded.
She was first stationed in Newtown in Sydney’s inner-west and most just lately labored at Lithgow Police Station.
Snr Cnst Foster and Mr Morom bonded over their shared love of adventuring and commonly went climbing, tenting and on mountain bike rides all through Australia.
Snr Cnst Foster’s police hat and medals are carried by two NSW Law enforcement officials at her funeral on Thursday
The Blue Mountains, the place Mr Morom grew up, was an everyday go to for the pair in 2020, taking his 4WD on tenting or day journeys throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Senior Constable Foster solely just lately returned to the NSW Police Pressure after overcoming breast most cancers.
The heroic policewoman had no hesitation earlier than she dived in to attempt to save the lady from the raging waters, with different witnesses then throwing a rope into the creek in a bid to save lots of her.
Performing Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon mentioned she all the time ‘put the wants of others earlier than her personal’.
The police officer (pictured) heroically jumped in to save lots of the opposite lady – a world scholar – from the raging waters
Police carry Snr Cnst Foster’s casket on Thursday. The seasoned police officer died whereas trying to rescue a girl who had been been swept right into a whirlpool
The police officer’s dad and mom and her companion Gavin Morom are seen throughout Snr Cnst Foster’s police funeral on Thursday
Performing Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon had earlier described Snr Cnst Foster as a ‘extremely regarded and devoted officer who can be sorely missed by colleagues throughout the power’
Members of the NSW Police stand in a guard of honour to salute the casket of Snr Cnst Foster because it leaves the Lithgow Uniting Church on Thursday
Three cops stand with a flag bearing the crest of the NSW Police Pressure exterior the funeral on Thursday afternoon
A NSW Police officer salutes in entrance of police motorbikes throughout Snr Cnst Foster’s funeral on Thursday
Officers on motorbikes and on horseback escort the hearse by way of Lithgow following the police funeral on Thursday afternoon
Lots of of well-wishers took to the streets of Lithgow for the procession on Thursday to pay their respects to the police officer
Mr Morom (proper) had posted about his trek with Snr Cnst Foster (left) on adventurers social media app Strava the day of her dying. The policewoman solely just lately returned to the job after overcoming breast most cancers
‘It is a very unhappy time for the NSW Police Pressure and Kelly’s dying is a loss to the entire neighborhood,’ Performing Commissioner Lanyon mentioned in a press release.
‘To listen to stories Kelly was attempting to assist one other lady when she died demonstrates her dedication to the neighborhood she served and the power to place the wants of others earlier than her personal.
‘Kelly was a extremely regarded and devoted officer who can be sorely missed by colleagues throughout the power.
‘Her policing profession was placed on maintain when she was recognized with breast most cancers, nonetheless, her energy to outlive this and return to work is one other testomony to her energy and resilience.
A global scholar, 24, was amongst a gaggle swimming on inflatable lilos on the common Wollangambe Canyon (pictured) when she was sucked into the whirlpool. Her physique was recovered on Sunday, together with Snr Cnst Foster’s
‘Above all, Kelly was a sort and loving daughter, sister and companion.’
The worldwide scholar was amongst a gaggle swimming within the picturesque spot when she was swept up within the water.
Police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene about 2.30pm however the pair have been misplaced beneath the floor.
A seek for their our bodies resumed on Sunday morning, after it was suspended about 6pm on Saturday due to poor climate.
Members of Senior Constable Foster’s household got here to the canyon to observe the search within the determined hope she can be discovered alive.
One fellow policewoman who joined the power concurrently Senior Constable Foster remembered her as a ‘selfless and compassionate’ individual.
Emergency providers rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised about 2.30pm on Saturday, however poor climate situations meant a search needed to be known as off about 6pm. When it resumed on Sunday the our bodies of the 2 ladies have been positioned by NSW Police divers
Eight different members of the group who the worldwide scholar was with have been unhurt
It is believed each ladies have been canyoning in water solely that may solely be reached after hours of climbing by way of tough terrain
‘RIP my previous Academy mate. At all times a selfless and compassionate particular person. You’ll now be remembered as a hero. I’ll treasure the reminiscences of our good occasions in Goulburn,’ a former colleague wrote.
The canyon is believed to have been flooded as a result of current heavy rainfall.
The opposite members of the group have been unhurt and have been assisted by cops and paramedics.
A report can be ready for the coroner.