Officer remembered for his sacrifice 20 years on

Officer remembered for his sacrifice 20 years on

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson with Brianna and Tracey Ball.

A Gosnells police constable was honoured this week for the sacrifice he made in the line of duty 20 years ago.

On the evening of August 6 1998 Constable Peter Ball was killed in the process of arresting a suspected car thief on Crawford Street in Cannington.

He and his partner had pursued a stolen motor vehicle and continued the chase on foot when the vehicle was dumped.

While restraining one of the suspects, Constable Ball was struck by a passing vehicle, causing life-threatening injuries.

He died during surgery in the early hours of August 7 1998.

This week, 20 years on, a police remembrance service was held at Gosnells Police Station to commemorate Constable Ball’s service in the WA Police Force.

Family members, including Constable Ball’s widow Tracey and his 21-year-old daughter Brianna, who was 18 months old when the incident occurred, were in attendance along with Commissioner Chris Dawson.