A vigil is held for Queensland Police Officer Dave Masters on the anniversary of the tragic hit-and-run

The Queensland Police Officer’s Family Senior Constable Dave Masterswho was killed in a hit-and-run in Moreton Bay last year, say there are “a million things” they would like to say on the anniversary of his death.

Senior Constable Dave Masters was hit and killed early in the morning of Saturday 26 June last year while laying tire spikes on a road north of Brisbane.

The driver of the stolen car fled, according to police.

Sharon Masters, the 53-year-old’s wife, said her husband’s death has “left a gaping hole” for her family and the Moreton Bay community he served.

“His sense of humor has carried him and us through tough times — that joy and the lightness in the work you do, it’s made a huge impact on a lot of people,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter who you talk to, they always comment on how funny he was, his sense of humor, he was always there for everyone.

“A lot of people didn’t know he was a big softie.”

Masters said she spent hours talking with her husband’s colleagues after his death, reflecting on how he was often thanked for issuing parking tickets.

‘Who does that? You just couldn’t get mad at him,” she said.

“We just want him to be remembered the way we want him to be remembered.”

A candlelit service and vigil will be held for the senior police officer at Deception Bay Police Station tonight at 6pm.

Masters said community support and her husband’s colleagues helped the family through the devastating times after the accident.

“We’re just so, so grateful,” she said.

“We can never repay them and we want them to know how much it means to us.”

“When something like this happens, the number of people coming out of the woodwork is just…” added Masters’ son Jack.

“Large or small, it was great.”