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Hero cop Kelly Foster farewelled after drowning trying to save a tourist in Blue Mountains

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Hero cop who drowned trying to save a tourist, 24, who was sucked into a whirlpool in a canyon is mourned at a funeral procession through her home town

A hero police officer who died trying to save a young woman while canyoning has been farewelled with a full police funeral.

Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, died on January 2 in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Eyewitnesses told police she was caught up when attempting to rescue another canyoner from a whirlpool at Mount Wilson.

The canyoner, a 24-year-old international student in Sydney, also died.

Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, joined the NSW Police Force in 2010 and Acting NSW Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon said she always ‘put the needs of others before her own’

Snr Cst Foster’s family, friends and colleagues gathered at Lithgow Uniting Church for her funeral on Thursday afternoon.

Fellow police officers carried her coffin, which was draped with an Australian flag, into the church.

To allow members of the public to pay their respects, a funeral procession and marching escort then travelled along one of the town’s main roads.

Snr Cst Foster had served in the police force since 2010 and was highly regarded. She was first stationed in Newtown in Sydney’s inner west and most recently worked at Lithgow Police Station.

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