In the early hours of Tuesday January 16 2024, veteran Sergeant David Keith Grant passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long illness, aged 79.
We’d like to tell his story.
David joined the Victoria Police as a cadet in 1963, graduating two years later. His career in Victoria Police saw him first stationed at South Melbourne, where he would later be transferred to Morwell as a Constable, where he spent much of his police career.
It was just four years later, in 1969, that David found himself deployed to Cyprus.
On his return to Australia, David was quickly promoted to Sergeant during a stint at Moe, before being transferred for the final time to Morwell as Uniform Sergeant.
His last known position was as Officer in Charge of Morwell D24.
When police veteran John Calloway called PVV on Monday to tell us David was on life support, we were heartbroken to hear that David would pass within the next 24 hours without any family other than veteran police mates, or the means to be farewelled with an honourable funeral.
It wasn’t long after, however, that Peter Benney of Advent Security, stepped up to give David the farewell he has always deserved.
Without hesitation, Peter offered to cover the cost of David’s funeral after learning PVV was going to conduct a fundraising campaign, simply stating, without grandeur, that David deserved a goodbye.
“PJ is a great man with a big heart, and a generous spirit,” David McGowan, PVV CEO said.
“What he did is a great example of what PVV is all about.”
Today, we take a moment to remember David and thank him for a lifetime of service to a community that will feel his absence.