Victoria Police member Robert Kerr honoured at Northeast Health Wangaratta
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation (VPBRF) will honour former long serving police member by dedicating a new Robotics & Rehabilitation Centre at Northeast Health Wangaratta. The North East Branch of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation with support from their local communities has donated $42,860 to a state-of-the-art Robotics and Rehab Centre at Northeast Health Wangaratta. This new facility will assist in the physical rehabilitation of patients across a range of conditions and to also provide ongoing out-patient care after they have left hospital. It will supply a critical link in the local healthcare service.
The Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation is a community-based organisation that perpetuates the memory of fallen police officers through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria. These two dedications brings to 53 the number of hospital units funded by the Foundation in Victoria, mostly in the areas of emergency and trauma treatment.
In honour of – Senior Constable Robert KERR (19607)
Senior Constable Robert Kerr 19607 of Chiltern Police Station
Died 26 October 2004 – Age 52
Senior Constable Robert Kerr was doing his usual early morning run around the town of Chiltern when he was struck by a vehicle and left lying in a ditch with serious injuries on the Chiltern-Howlong Road for nearly four hours. He was rushed to Albury Base Hospital for emergency treatment and seemed to be recovering but suddenly died in hospital, 10 days after the collision. A 34-year-old Chiltern man was charged with several traffic offences and was subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
Senior Constable Robert Kerr joined the Victorian Police Force in 1976 after many years of working for the ANZ Bank. He completed 28 years of service in the Police Force and worked in the local area for more than 20 years. He was a friend to many and highly respected by his family, friends, colleagues and the communities in which he served. He participated in a range of local committees and causes and coordinated the annual Good Friday Appeal in the area for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Rob Kerr was survived by his wife, Mary and three children.