HIGHEST HONOUR: Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart hands the Queensland Police flag to Senior Constable Brett Forte's wife Susan during his funeral service in Toowoomba.
HIGHEST HONOUR: Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart hands the Queensland Police flag to Senior Constable Brett Forte's wife Susan during his funeral service in Toowoomba. DAN PELED / AAP

Forte awarded Medal of Valour for courage under fire

HIS courage under fire and sacrifice for his colleagues will be Brett Forte's lasting legacy.

Through virtue of his actions and instinct under immense pressure, the Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad senior constable was awarded the Queensland Police Service Valour Award.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart yesterday bestowed the honour on the fallen officer, presenting his family with the clasp which duly recognises exceptional bravery in hazardous circumstances.

The presentation closed Commissioner Stewart's valedictory address which spoke of Snr Const. Forte's passion for policing and commitment to his family on the blue line.

"Brett leaves a far reaching legacy on the Queensland Police Service and on the communities that he served," Commissioner Stewart said.

"He will be remembered by the many victims and families to whom he showed compassion and support.

"More so, Brett will be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice and his selfless act of valour in protecting and preserving the lives on his colleagues.

"He served with honour and it is we who are honoured to have known and served with him."

Snr Const Forte was sworn in to active duty on November 27, 2001, and first served in Ipswich.

Over 15 years he served many communities, from Cunnamulla to Caboolture before joining the ranks of the Toowoomba TCS.

"Brett gave his life so that others could live," Commissioner Stewart said.


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