An off-duty police officer who grew up in Ballina died after the motorcycle he was riding on a rural property north of Moree crashed into a fence yesterday afternoon.
Constable Aaron Ryan, 35, from Barwon Local Area Command, died at the scene and investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.
Constable Ryan was married with two young children.
Superintendent Jenny Hayes said the Barwon command was struggling to come to grips with the loss.
‘Aaron was a one of our finest young officers and he will be dearly missed by all,’ Supt Hayes said.
‘Since joining NSW Police in 2010, he had served as a general duties officer at Barwon Local Area Command.
‘He was well known and popular not only in the command but also within the local community. His death will affect everyone who knew him for a long time.
‘His family have asked their privacy be respected and counselling is being provided to all those officers affected.’