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Constable Timothy Proctor posthumously awarded at funeral after horror head-on collision

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 6 days ago Lucy Cormack

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A NSW Police officer who was killed in a horror head-on collision has been posthumously awarded two police medals, while being remembered as an outstanding officer who always saw "the brighter side of life".

Constable Timothy Proctor died following the accident in Sydney's south on January 31, when an oncoming car crossed to the wrong side of the road and crashed into the vehicle he was driving.

On Monday NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, Mounted Police and fellow officers joined Constable Proctor's family at All Saints Catholic Church in Liverpool to farewell the "caring and inquisitive" officer, just nine months after his graduation at the NSW Police Force Academy.

Constable Timothy Proctor was posthumously awarded two police medals. © James Brickwood Constable Timothy Proctor was posthumously awarded two police medals.

After an official march of the NSW Police Force banner, mourners entered the church to a cover version of The Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 miles), performed by local singer-songwriter Alana Patmore.

In the church they carried service booklets adorned with snapshots from the officer's life, from his days as a toddler dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, to his first day wearing the emblem of the NSW Police, to his wedding day in the arms of his wife Dianne.

Constable Proctor, 29, worked in the Liverpool region, his first posting after deciding to join the police after time spent as volunteer firefighter.

"Tim was hard working and was well on the way to becoming an outstanding police officer," said Commissioner Fuller in his funeral address.

"He was the 'what if' guy in the class, and his supervisors had a tough time keeping up with the questions he asked ... His enthusiasm was second to none and the only thing greater than his love for his job was his love for his family."

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Constable Timothy Proctor's wife Dianne was accompanied into the church on Monday. © James Brickwood Constable Timothy Proctor's wife Dianne was accompanied into the church on Monday.

The 29-year-old was struck while driving a Honda Jazz northbound along Heathcote Road at Lucas Heights last month, when another vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction, failed to negotiate a bend.

The 65-year-old female driver of the vehicle was taken to Liverpool Hospital, where she remains unconscious in a critical but stable condition.

After the accident Constable Proctor was cut out of his car and taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remained until he succumbed to his injuries on February 3.

Commissioner Fuller commended Constable Proctor for his "ethical and diligent service in protecting the community," awarding him with the National Police Service Medal, a medal normally awarded after 15 years of service. Constable Proctor was also awarded the NSW Police Medal.

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