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Queensland town Chinchilla plans to honour slain police with service

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The tiny Queensland town of Chinchilla, near where two police officers were ambushed and killed, will come together in their honour as part of a touching service.

Constable Rachel McCrow, 29, and Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, were murdered during the execution-style ambush after attending a rural property on Wains Rd in Wieambilla on Monday.

The three gunmen – Gareth Train, his brother Nathaniel, a former Queensland school principal, and Gareth’s wife Stacey Train – were killed in a police firefight later that night.

A neighbour, Alan Dare, was also killed at the scene after he’d come to inspect smoke seen billowing from the property.

The two officers had quickly become a part of the Tara community, with Constable McCrow working as school liaison officer in the town.

The Tara-based officers were conducting a welfare check at the property alongside their Chinchilla colleagues, constables Randall Kirk and Keely Brough.

Pastor Lee Dallmann said the town of Chinchilla and surrounding areas were coming together to grieve and process what had happened.

“We are doing the best we can. We have the advantage that our community is like a family, so we come together really well and we’re just going through the grieving process together,” he told Sunrise.

“In a family-like community, as you have described it, everyone knows everyone.”

Mr Dallmann said Chinchilla was turning their annual pre-Christmas event into an opportunity to honour the officers.

“Tomorrow, it was an event held by our aged care facility every year and has morphed into a community gathering,” he said.

“Our Mayor Paul McVeigh got onto this and said make it a community event, so tomorrow at 5 o’clock we are getting together, lots of businesses in town have got on-board.

“We will have a big barbecue basically together and then we’re going to take some time to talk about the events and have a candlelight vigil and just a minute silence and to offer prayers and be together as a community.”

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