Community cop farewelled

GUARD OF HONOUR: Hundreds of colleagues lined the way for Brendon Griebel's final journey.
GUARD OF HONOUR: Hundreds of colleagues lined the way for Brendon Griebel's final journey.

A Christchurch police officer who died while jogging has been farewelled with a guard of honour by his colleagues.

Senior Constable Brendon James Griebel, the Templeton and Halswell community constable, died of a suspected heart attack while running at McLeans Island on Saturday.

Griebel was the son of retired detective inspector Mal Griebel, who worked on several high-profile cases, including the abduction and murder of 6-year-old Christchurch schoolgirl Louisa Damodran by Peter Joseph Holdem in 1986.

FAREWELLED: Brendon Griebel
FAREWELLED: Brendon Griebel

About 300 people attended the funeral service at the Westpark Chapel in Burnside this afternoon, including a large number of police, who formed a guard of honour as the casket was carried from the service.

Griebel's supervisor, Senior Sergeant Pete Laloli, paid tribute to the senior constable as a reliable worker whose sense of humour made him popular with his peers and the public.

"He embraced community policing [and] has gained the utmost respect within the Halswell and Templeton area. It has been my privilege and honour to service with you," Laloli said.

Griebel joined the police on July 22, 1991, and was recently awarded a 21-year clasp for long service and good conduct.

"He was so proud of that," Laloli said.

In 1994, Griebel was transferred to the Hornby station, his office at the time of his death.

He was passionate about fishing and dedicated to his family, Laloli said.

"A day never went by without Brendon updating staff and friends on what his family was up to. His love for them was obvious."

A keen runner, Griebel entered several half-marathons in recent years. He ran the Christchurch half-marathon last June with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes.

Struggling to hold back tears, Mal Griebel said his son was a true gentleman. "He's never given us reasons other than to be proud."

Griebel is survived by wife Sandra and children Natasha and Daniel.

The Press