‘Courageous’ cop loses cancer battle
A police officer working in central northern New South Wales has died after a five-year cancer battle lasting almost half his career.
Senior Constable Shannon Hollibone died last Thursday, July 30, NSW Police said in a statement today.
He is being remembered by the force as "one of a kind", a loving father and someone who "always spoke of how proud he was to be a police officer" despite pushing through the pain of his diagnosis.
The 46-year-old was awarded the NSW Police Medal for Diligent and Ethical Services and the Commissioner of Police Commendation for outstanding and meritorious service by Commissioner Michael Fuller only two days before his death.
"Sen Con Hollibone displayed exceptional courage and determination throughout the last five years as he continued to work in the community of Coonabarabran, which is why he has been recognised," Commissioner Fuller said.
"He devoted his time and energy to keeping people safe without wanting anything in return, and that's something his family can always be proud of."
He spent 11 years with the NSW Police Force, starting out as a probationary constable at The Hills Local Area Command in Sydney in December 2009.
From there, he transferred to Coonabarrabran in the western region in 2014.
The decorated officer received an Acknowledgment of Good Police Work in 2010 and the NSW Police Force Commissioner of Police 150th Sesquicentenary Anniversary Citation.
In 2016, Sen Con Hollibone was awarded the prestigious Rotary Clubs Paul Harris Fellow Award at the NSW Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards.
The following year, he received a Local Area Commanders Unit Citation.
Superintendent Peter McKenna, the Western Region Commander, said he admired Sen Con Hollibone's courage to keep working after his cancer diagnosis.
"He showed a level of tenacity and courage that I've not seen before," he said on Thursday.
"Sen Con Hollibone tirelessly served the Orana Mid Western Police District and in particular the Coonamble community even while undergoing treatment, and often in physical pain.
"His efforts were inspirational and he never complained about his personal circumstances, but rather always spoke of how proud he was to be a police officer, a testament for other officers to strive for.
"It was a privilege to have been Sen Con Hollibone's Commanding Officer and I am extremely proud to have known and worked with him."
Supt McKenna said the passing of the "one-of-a-kind officer" and "very proud family man" is recognised with sincere condolences and sadness.
"(He) came to work to make a difference, despite his personal circumstances," he said.
"In our eyes he will always be a part of the Orana Mid Western Police District family, as will his family members."
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 7.
Originally published as 'Courageous' cop loses cancer battle