It was the biggest loss of officer lives in a single event in Victoria Police history.
Leading Senior Constable Taylor and trainee officer Constable Humphris pulled over a Porsche that was allegedly driving at 140kmh along the freeway.
Senior Constable King and trainee officer Constable Prestney, who were stationed at Nunawading Highway Patrol, were called to help impound the sports car after the driver allegedly returned a positive drug test.
Shortly after they arrived, a refrigerated semi-trailer drove into the emergency lane, killing all four officers.
Horsham Senior Constable Anthony Zivkovic said tributes had flowed to the station.
“We have been receiving flowers throughout the past week, especially since Wednesday,” he said.
“I was working in the watch house today, doing the 7am to 3pm shift in the station and there have been a lot of people bringing flowers into the watch house or leaving them at our flag pole, which is at half mast.
“There have also been donations of money, which have been sent straight to Victoria Police Legacy, which supports families of members lost on duty, or members who have died.”
Sen Const Zivkovic said at certain times throughout the year, the community showed its support with flowers, chocolates and cards.
“During the main times, like Christmas, we get well-wishes,” he said.
“At the moment it is very timely – every police member in Victoria and across Australia is feeling the consequences of such a tragedy.
“We are all feeling a little bit empty at the moment.
“On behalf of Horsham police, I just wanted to say the show of support we have received from our community is really appreciated and we wanted to let everyone know we are grateful.”
Horsham Rural City Council has also shown its support, ‘turning the town hall blue’ in honour of the five members lost in the past fortnight.