Gladstone Constable Mitch Curran handing over his Darren Lockyer memorabilia to Ben Valery.
Gladstone Constable Mitch Curran handing over his Darren Lockyer memorabilia to Ben Valery. Shaneen Ingra

Police man gives away Lockeyer memorabilia to inspiration

GLADSTONE Constable Mitch Curran was so inspired at work on Sunday he gave away his Darren Lockyer memorabilia

Const Curran was called out to an inquiry and at the job he was inspired by Ben Valery's story.

Ben has hydrocephalus, a brain condition which makes working at the IGA a struggle but one that he perseveres through.

At the age of 19, Ben has had more than 40 operations and has two shunts to drain cerebral spinal fluid away from his brain.

Const Curran said Ben's story made him appreciate his own circumstances.

"If you have had a bad day there is always someone worse off," he said.

"We go to pretty bad things during the job but he has to put up with challenges every day."

During their conversation, they discovered a mutual love for the Brisbane Broncos.

Const Curran went home and returned with a framed and signed picture of Darren Lockyer.

"The look on his face said it all when I gave it to him," he said.

"He touched our hearts and was such a special bloke. I was so happy to be able to put a smile on his face."

Ben said he had followed the Broncos since he was young.

"I love Darren Lockyer; he is by far my favourite player. I have even met him a few times," he said.

"I am lost for words and just want to thank him for it, it's great."

Ben said he wanted to join the police force when he was younger.

"I've always had high respect for the police and (Sunday) proved why," he said.

"The framed picture is now hanging up in my room."



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