Police officers and SA community bid public farewell to Joanne Shanahan

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Hundreds of people gathered in Adelaide on Friday morning to pay their last respects to Greek-Australian Police Officer Joanne Sanahan, who died in a car accident on April 25 in the suburb of Urrbrae.

SA Police Chief Commissioner Grant Stevens announced last Sunday that the public will have the opportunity to commemorate Shanahan as the hearse travelled from Joanne’s home address along a specified route.

Police flanked the streets of Adelaide’s inner south to say their last goodbyes to their own Joanne.

“As with every other family who has lost a loved one during this COVID-19 response, the ability to celebrate Joanne’s life is severely restricted,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“The funeral service will be held in a way that enables as many people as possible who knew or cared about Joanne or her family to be involved, and the South Australia Police will be playing its part as well.”

Due to social distancing rules, the funeral service was streamed online. Footage was shown of a traditional Greek blessing that was conducted on Thursday.

Photo: Argyro Vourdoumpa

The cortege travelled up Greenhill Road from Unley Road, and along Fullarton Road, Kensington Road, Osmond Terrace and Magill Road to the Chapel of Berry’s Funeral Home.

Commissioner Stevens was in attendance at the funeral, accompanied by members of the SA Police Force and close friends and family of Ms Shanahan.

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