Popular detective loses battle with cancer
TOOWOOMBA Detective Sergeant Darren 'Beefa' Lees died this morning after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Senior Constable Kath Lees and his two children Jessica and Hayden.
Toowoomba City Patrol Group officer Inspector Mark Wheeler said Det. Srg Lees was a dedicated professional during his 23 years working across Queensland.
"He was a hardworking police officer who had a passion for child protection issues," Insp. Wheeler said.
"He was involved in some of the largest and most complex police investigations in Queensland.
"More importantly, he was a husband, a father, a son and a friend to nearly everyone he met.
"His loss is not only a great loss for the Queensland Police Service and the community, but of course for his family and friends - our condolences go out to them."
The Queensland Police Union, of Det. Sgt Lees was a representative, passed on its thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family.
"Beefa was one of a kind. He had a smile and a presence that lit up a room.
"He was an endless contributor for the betterment of police and he worked tirelessly to fight for better wages, legislation and conditions for all police.
"He did this because it is what he believed in and making things better for everyone was his passion."
Det. Sgt Lees worked in Toowoomba for nearly 10 years and was previously based in Rockhampton.
He was an officer with the Toowoomba Child Protection Investigation Unit.
A career highlight came during his Central Queensland days, when he was heavily involved in the arrest and investigation of Rockhampton serial killer Leonard John Fraser.