NEW DAWN: The Young family watch the sunrise over Old Woman Island at Mudjimba Beach.
NEW DAWN: The Young family watch the sunrise over Old Woman Island at Mudjimba Beach. Nicola Brander

LETTER OF THE DAY: Don't forget the fourth victim in tragedy

READER COMMENT: THE Sunshine Coast community's thoughts are with the 12-year-old girl orphaned in the tragedy at Coolum one year ago and her loving and caring family, particularly with the news of the recent horrific crash at Glenview.

The strength of the families involved is inspirational and remarkable.

One year on, Kathy Sundstrom wrote a beautifully caring tribute to the strength of the family involved who continue to endure unimaginable loss.

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It is my sincere wish this brings no further anguish to them, but there was a fourth victim of that tragic day a year ago: the first response police officer who we shouldn't forget.

Film and television unfortunately so easily desensitise us to think of police officers as "just doing their job".

We forget that our police are only human.

It has been an incredibly difficult and no doubt life-changing time for the officer involved as well, at times not helped by a system which arguably failed to appreciate the significant traumatic effect on him.

The senior constable involved should be reminded that he has, and always has had, the overwhelming and universal respect of all of his colleagues as being a truly caring and professional police officer who confronted a situation that day that we as police officers all hope we never have to.

SENIOR CONSTABLE

GRAHAM ATKINSON

Maroochydore Police