One of Bill Arndell's fondest memories of his time in the NSW Police Force is riding Harley Davidsons with a sidecar. These days the police may not ride Harleys, but they still have one of the most important jobs in our community. Today I recognise and congratulate one of Hornsby's very special senior citizens, James Loder Arndell, who is known affectionately by those around him as Bill. Bill celebrated his 100th birthday on 2 March 2016. A selfless citizen of our community, Bill served in the NSW Police Force for 36 years, from 1940 to 1976. He retired on his sixtieth birthday, having attained the rank of Inspector Second Class.
A majority of Bill's long career was spent in the traffic branch of the NSW Police, although he concluded his duties as the officer in charge at Highway Patrol. The community has recognised Bill's long contributions as he enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration arranged by the NSW Police Force from the comfort of his home at Christophorus House Retirement Village in Hornsby. I want not only to thank Bill for his long and dedicated service to the people of New South Wales but also to congratulate him on his 100th birthday. We are very proud to have a man like Bill in our community.
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