NSW Police: Tuesday, 03 January 2023 03:28:42 PM
A man who died while rescuing a teenager caught in a riptide on the state’s south coast has been identified as a serving NSW Police officer.
Sergeant Peter Stone, aged 44, drowned after rescuing his 14-year-old son at a beach near Narooma on Sunday (1 January 2023).
Sgt Stone attested in December 2000 and was most recently performing duties at Blue Mountains Police Area Command, which included specialist rescue operations.
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb extended condolences to Peter’s family and friends.
“Sergeant Stone was well-liked by all those who knew him, and we are not surprised by his selfless actions,” Commissioner Webb said.
“His death is a tragic loss to the NSW Police Force and my thoughts are with Peter’s wife, family, friends and colleagues during this terribly sad time.”
Blue Mountains Police Area Commander, Superintendent Don Faulds, said Peter was exceptional man, a brilliant operator and will be dearly missed.
“Peter had dedicated his professional life to helping the community and had a real passion for rescue operations, particularly here in the rugged mountain terrain,” Supt Faulds said.
“He was always quick – if not first – to offer his help or assistance around the command and his colleagues considered him a mate.
“As we mourn our mate, we acknowledge the loss of a husband, father and hero.”
Sgt Stone’s family has requested the media continue to respect their privacy at this time.