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Queensland police officers build fence outside a pensioner’s home

How the powerful story behind a photograph of a newly built white fence outside a pensioner’s home will restore your faith in humanity

  • A fence was newly-built for the home of an elderly woman in Queensland
  • Police officers took the time to rebuild the fence that was once in ruins
  • The family and homeowners praised the officers and thanked them for their time
  • However, there is more to the backstory of the newly-built fence of the home 

A group of police officers have gone out of their way to rebuild a pensioner’s fence after it was destroyed in a fatal traffic crash.  

The Queensland officers constructed the fence on Sunday at 74-year-old Anselma Beenleigh’s suburban property.  

The fatal crash in November destroyed the fence and claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman, according to Yahoo 7 News. 

‘When I spoke to Anselma and offered to come and rebuild the fence, she instantly teared up and said that she has been laying awake at night wondering how she would be able to afford it,’ Constable Patrick Slavin said.

A group of police officers took the time to build a new fence outside a pensioner’s home after it was destroyed in a fatal traffic crash (pictured)

The Queensland officers constructed the fence on Sunday at 74-year-old Anselma Beenleigh's suburban property (pictured) 

The Queensland officers constructed the fence on Sunday at 74-year-old Anselma Beenleigh’s suburban property (pictured) 

The constable who raised the idea with his colleagues was also one of the first officers present at the scene of the crash.   

Constable Slavin said seeing the fence every day on his way to work reminded him about the loss of life. 

‘If it affected me in that way, I knew it would be difficult for the victim’s family and the house owner, too,’ he said. 

Constable Slavin was aware that some of his colleagues had backgrounds in trade, which led him to suggest they volunteer to fix the fence themselves. 

Relatives of the 60-year-old woman who died in the crash praised the officers for their hard work and expressed gratitude. 

‘Thank you to all the officers involved, it was hard driving past my aunts accident site and having that very vivid reminder. Now, hopefully, we can focus on all the wonderful memories,’ one person wrote. 

‘Thank you so much! As a family member who has to drive this way to work each day, this small gesture makes such a huge difference,’ another relative said. 

Constable Slavin was aware that some of his colleagues had backgrounds in trade, which led him to suggest that they volunteer to fix the fence themselves

Constable Slavin was aware that some of his colleagues had backgrounds in trade, which led him to suggest that they volunteer to fix the fence themselves

Relatives of the 60-year-old woman that died in the crash praised the Queensland Police service (pictured) for their work

Relatives of the 60-year-old woman that died in the crash praised the Queensland Police service (pictured) for their work

‘Lovely act to help everyone heal including the officers and fmilies involved. Speak out… Even if your voice shakes… Great work QPS and thank you for sharing an act of kindness,’ one person commented. 

‘Thoughts go out to Constable Slavin and dealing with the trauma of his experience. Hard job in certain circumstances, wel done team’. 

‘Well done QPS, service above and beyond your duties. Awesome way to build community relations’. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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