Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has thanked the Queensland Police Union of Employees (QPUE) for setting up a remembrance fund for the family of Constable Casey Blain who was killed on Friday 29 March on his first day of relief duty near Georgetown.

This was a personal tragedy for Mr Pitt – Constable Blain’s widow Lena is the MP’s cousin by marriage.

“My thoughts, and those of my entire family, and are with my cousin Lena and their four year-old son Mark,” Mr Pitt said.

“Casey, Lena and Mark were just a great little family, and Casey was such a dedicated dad,” Mr Pitt said.

“He just wanted the best for his family, and I think he was showing that dedication by taking every opportunity that came up to continue to progress himself as an officer in the Queensland Police Service.

“Everyone talks about the Easter weekend being a difficult time on the roads, but you don’t expect this to happen when you’re on the job outside Georgetown.

“Casey’s death is just one of many tragedies over the Easter period and every one of these families is going to be hurting.

“Casey’s was a life cut all too short and his loss will be felt right throughout the entire Far North. His wife Lena, herself the daughter of a former police officer, is now a police widow. Casey’s parents Ray and Lynette have lost their only son.”

Mr Pitt also acknowledged the role played by the QPUE in the organising of a barbeque at Mareeba over the weekend for family, friends and colleagues of Casey to share their stories and their grief.

“This kind of support is not uncommon when it comes to the QPUE assisting those in need during difficult times,” he said.

“I sincerely thank the Queensland Police Union for establishing this remembrance fund for Casey’s family and for other non-financial support that they are providing at this time.”

Arrangements for Casey’s funeral are still being made. Details for people wishing to donate are as follows:

Account name: CASEY BLAIN Remembrance Fund
BSB: 704 052
ACCOUNT NO: 1044959
Message to appear in account: (person’s name who is donating).

Mr Pitt also expressed his condolences to the family of Constable Gene Poole from Gordonvale Station who died suddenly over the weekend aged 41.

“I know that both Casey and Gene’s fellow officers will be hurting too from the loss of their colleagues and friends.”