John Marshall – police force: motorbike accident

"When life seems unfair, you need to get up and get on with it."

John Marshall

John Marshall embodies all the ideals of a serving police sergeant: capable, reliable and dedicated.

These are some of the qualities that drove John to recover and return to work with the NSW Police Force following a horrific motorcycle accident that left him a paraplegic.

John was a qualified Police Diver before his accident and after returning to work requested a transfer to the NSW Police Diving Unit. His role today as the Technician at the Diving Unit incorporates many complex tasks, from the technical servicing on all police diving equipment to investigating diver fatalities, purchasing specialist equipment and training staff on side scan sonar and remotely operated vehicles.

John is also a member of the NSW Maritime Archaeological Advisory Panel and represents the NSW Police in this capacity.

In 2009, John was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) for Distinguished Service in the Australia Day Honours.

In addition to the above, John works in a casual role as a Hyperbaric Technician at the Department of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.

Through his early years of rehabilitation, John discovered a passion for archery, a sport that requires accuracy, attention to detail, strength of mind and body and determination.

John's dedication to archery earned him a place on the Australian Paralympic Team at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, an experience that stays with him to this day.

While John has now retired from competitive archery he continues to shoot recreationally.

As an athlete proudly sponsored by WorkCover NSW, John is an excellent example of someone who against the odds and through the support of his family, friends, and employer was able to return to the career in which he continues to be a valued and respected leader.