Police memorial service honours fallen officers

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Quigley mentioned he has attended yearly, often half of a big contingent of Toronto officers. And whereas organizers, he mentioned, have been attempting to maintain attendance low as a result of pandemic, he felt “obliged” to attend.

“I served 36 years with Toronto police and seen a lot of my comrades give their lives. I’ve seen the devastation on the households, and I believe it’s essential for us dwelling to commemorate the useless.

“That is an annual occasion, and COVID wouldn’t hold us away, defunding wouldn’t hold us away.”

OTTAWA -- September 27, 2020 -- Bill Blair, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, lay a wreath at the Canadian Police and Peace Officers 43rd Annual Memorial Service that was held, Sunday, September 27, 2020. The event that normally draws thousands, went to a virtual platform due to the pandemic, with a small select few in person behind Parliament Hill at the Summer Pavilion. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
Invoice Blair, minister of public security and emergency preparedness, lay a wreath on the Canadian Police and Peace Officers 43rd Annual Memorial Service that was held, Sunday, September 27, 2020. The occasion that usually attracts hundreds, went to a digital platform as a result of pandemic, with a small choose few in individual behind Parliament Hill on the Summer time Pavilion. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA Picture by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

4 extra names have been added to the honour roll on Sunday, together with that of RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, who died in a taking pictures rampage in April in Shubenacadie, N.S., and RCMP Const. Allan Poapst, who died in a site visitors collision final December in Winnipeg.

“We must also keep in mind that (Poapst) was a husband and father of three teenage daughters whose sacrifices we keep in mind in the present day,” mentioned Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Minister Invoice Blair, who spoke on the ceremony.

Stevenson, Blair added, “gave her life to guard others through the tragic mass taking pictures in Nova Scotia, and her heroic actions reveal the dedication and bravado with which she carried out herself each day, which is a shining instance of what we now have come to count on from these peace and cops throughout Canada.”

Brantford police Const. John Hickey, who died in 1897 on account of accidents suffered in a trolley automotive derailment, was additionally honoured Sunday, as was RCMP Supt. Dennis Massey, who died in 2002 in Calgary after the police car he was in was struck by a tanker truck.