In Memory Of
Western Australia Police, Australia
End of watch: 2001-01-26
Aircraft: Cessna 310R
Senior Constable Philip Ruland died when the aircraft he was in crashed and burst into flames near Newman. Also killed were Constable Gavin Capes, Constable David Dewar and Pilot Senior Constable Donald Everett. The crash happened while the officers were returning from Kiwirrkurra, 860km east of Newman near the Northern Territory border. The plane crashed about 9:50pm. The plane, named William G. Pense II after a police officer shot dead in Mt. Barker more than 20 years ago, was destroyed. This was the first accident involving Police Air Support in Western Australia.
Thoughts and Memories of Philip Ruland
I had the Pleasure of being taught everything I know from Phil. He was a great mate not only during work but also out of work. It was a pleasure to have known Phil for the few years that I did. There is not a day goes by that I don't think of Phil and the great laughs we had together. You will never be forgotten.
Philip was our second of four boys he always wanted to be in the Police Service and enjoyed the challenges that policing provided but he also enjoyed the comradeship that was provided by his fellow officers. Kay and I miss him dearly as do his brothers Grant, Craig and Darryl. He is always in our thoughts.