MANY FOND MEMORIES: Grantham farewelled Rob Graham (left) and Mike McKay (right) from the community with Julie Johnson taking care of handing out the gifts from a grateful community.
MANY FOND MEMORIES: Grantham farewelled Rob Graham (left) and Mike McKay (right) from the community with Julie Johnson taking care of handing out the gifts from a grateful community.

Grantham farewells heroes

FROM tragedy comes triumph with the departure of two long serving police inspectors from Grantham last week a sign of deep wounds healing.

Residents of Grantham packed the Community Centre to farewell police inspectors Rob Graham and Mike McKay who left the district last week after eight months of flood disaster and recovery work.

About 100 residents gathered at the centre for the meeting, in an obvious display of affection and regard for the men who were arguably mainly responsible for Grantham’s recovery from the flood disaster.

Both men spoke warmly of their time in Grantham and reminded residents of the grit shown by the community in bonding and helping each other recover over the short period of eight months.

Inspector McKay said both men were sad to leave the district but would always remain in touch with the community.

“I worked on the Cyclone Yasi recovery which took residents a while longer to recover from than here in Grantham,” he said.

“It is a tribute to the spirit of the Grantham community.”

The meeting also paused for one minutes silence as a tribute to ABC reporter Paul Lockyer who worked in the community during the flood disaster.

Paul Lockyer was one of three ABC staff killed in a helicopter crash in South Australia recently.

Mr Lockyer’s funeral service was attended last Friday, in Sydney, by Marty Warburton and Kelvin Wood as representatives of the Grantham community.

Grantham Community Centre Volunteer Co-ordinator Julie Johnson called on all residents of Grantham to get to the centre to sign a Grantham flag which will be forwarded to the ABC to present to the Lockyer family.


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