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Landmarks to light up for fallen officers

·1-min read

Melbourne will again turn blue to mark the first anniversary of a horror crash on the Eastern Freeway that killed four police officers.

Leading Senior Constable Lynnette Taylor, 60, Senior Constable Kevin King, 50, and constables Glen Humphris, 32, and Josh Prestney, 28, were killed while on duty on the Eastern Freeway at Kew on April 22, 2020.

The crash was the single greatest loss of life in Victoria Police's history, with the truck driver responsible jailed last week for a maximum of 22 years.

Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed the state's landmarks will be lit blue on Thursday, the first anniversary of the deaths.

"To light up as many buildings and bridges in blue to honour the lives of those four police officers who lost their lives in the most tragic devastating and circumstances, that has been something that we've been planning to do," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"It will be things like the Bolte Bridge, other government buildings across the city, we'll identity and light up as many as we can."

Mr Merlino said there were still plans to hold a state memorial service for the four police officers, whose funerals were restricted due to coronavirus restrictions last year.

Last year, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Town Hall, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Police Association headquarters were among landmarks lit up in blue to honour the fallen officers.

Victoria Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt has welcomed the news it will happen again.

"It's an extremely supportive gesture," he told 3AW radio.

"Our members drew immense support from it in the days after the tragedy."