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‘Protector and best mate’: Family remembers fallen officer Josh Prestney

The parents of policeman Josh Prestney, who was killed in Wednesday night’s Eastern Freeway tragedy, say their proudest moment was seeing their son, “protector” and “best mate” Josh graduate from the academy in December last year and join his younger brother Alex in the force.

Mr Prestney, 28, was killed when a truck hit him and three colleagues – Constable Glen Humphris, Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Senior Constable Kevin King – as the group were impounding an allegedly speeding Porsche in the Eastern Freeway emergency lane.

His parents Andrew and Belinda have written of their joy at seeing Josh graduate from the Victoria Police Academy, having followed in his brother Alex’s footsteps.

Josh Presney and brother Alex Presney pictured at Victoria Police Graduation. Photos.

Josh Presney and brother Alex Presney pictured at Victoria Police Graduation. Photos.

“The proudest moment of our lives was when Alex presented Josh with his badge at the graduation ceremony,” Andrew and Belinda Prestney wrote. “Josh found his calling with Victoria Police.

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