30 years ago, Constable Angela Taylor lost a coin toss.
It was her turn to make the lunch run from the Russell St police headquarters.
As she walked out the doors, a stolen car laden with 50 sticks of gelignite exploded on the street.
Constable Taylor - a star recruit and the Dux of the police academy - became the first Victorian woman police officer killed in the line of duty.
Today is the anniversary of her passing.
Let's remember her, and the other 158 members of Victoria Police who have lost their lives while protecting ours.
Every officer pledges a profound sacrifice the moment they put on their uniform.
And as a Government, we will honour their sacrifice, from recruitment to retirement and every moment in between.
Reviewed 19 August 2020