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Wife's Heartbreaking Tribute to Slain Queensland Police Officer

"You were my hero"

Wife's Heartbreaking Tribute to Slain Queensland Police Officer

The wife of slain Queensland policeman Brett Forte has described him as her "hero" and "soul mate" during a tearful tribute a funeral in Toowoomba today.

The 41-year-old officer was shot with an automatic rifle last Monday by violent career criminal Rick Maddison at Ringwood.

Senior Constable Susan Forte honoured her "wonderful" 41-year-old partner at the service on Wednesday morning and pledged to raise their three children with the values he sought to live by.

"You were my hero and my soul mate and I will love you forever," she told mourners gathered for his funeral.

With thousands watching on, Sen Const Forte's widow told attendees at the Toowoomba ceremony it gave her great comfort to know her husband was with his friends when he was fatally shot last Monday.

She also thanked her "police family" for their support in the wake of his death, as well as the outpouring of condolences from the wider Queensland community.

"Brett would have absolutely loved all the attention," she said.

She also affectionately recalled how his "inappropriate comments" would always make her laugh and said he was a "fantastic" husband and father.

Daughter Emma also paid tribute, describing her dad as her "guardian angel".

To the world you were one person, but to our family you were the world," she said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart laid wreaths as the service for the popular officer began.

A floral bouquet of blue and white flowers has been placed on top of Sen Const Forte's casket, to match the uniformed crowd's attire.

There was a sea of dark blue outside the Clive Berghofer Recreational Centre as scores of police watched the proceedings on a large screen.