Police officer Glen Humphris was so proud to be a policeman and should be remembered for his bubbly nature and infectious smile, his grieving partner says.
Todd Robinson, the partner of Constable Humphris, who was tragically killed with three colleagues on the Eastern Freeway at Kew on Wednesday night, spoke to reporters out of a desire to make sure his soulmate of four years is remembered.
Robinson was preparing dinner, expecting Constable Humphris to walk through the door, when he heard about a crash involving police members on the news.
He texted Constable Humphris, who had been in the force for less than a year, but did not get a reply.
Two hours went by and he saw confirmed reports four officers had been killed.
“At that moment I got a knock on the door with five senior police officers there,” Robinson said.
“My soulmate has gone.”
The pair moved from NSW three years ago and Humphris had decided, with Robinson’s encouragement, to have a career change from carpentry to the police force.
“He loved helping people; being there if someone was in trouble and being supportive to the community,” Robinson said.
“He lit up the room when he walked into it.”
Constable Humphris loved his job.
“In his breaks he would message me and let me know he was OK,” Robinson said, fighting back tears.
The couple had been settling into life in Melbourne with new friends and making plans for the future including a trip to America next year.
Robinson said his partner wore a uniform, but was a person underneath.
“He came home to someone, and on that day he didn’t,” he said.
“He’s gone and I’m still coming to terms that that door is not going to open.”
Constable Humphris along with Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and Constable Josh Prestney died after being hit by a truck while dealing with Porsche driver Richard Pusey in the emergency lane.