DRPS officers and civilians attended the 9th Annual Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance at Queen’s Park on Sunday to honour and remember fallen police officers.
Uniformed officers, auxiliary members, special constables, civilian members, the DRP Pipes and Drums, the DRP Honour Guard and the DRPS Choir participated in the ceremony, joining thousands of colleagues from across Ontario at the annual event. DRP’s 22 new recruits also joined in the march.
This year, three names were inscribed on the memorial monument, two of which are historic in nature: York Regional Police Detective Constable Rob Plunkett who lost his life in the line of duty in August 2007 was added to the memorial. In addition, the names of Toronto Police Constable Edward McMaster, who was killed in 1935, and Highway Traffic Officer Leigh W. Metcalfe, Department of Highways, Grimsby, who was killed in 1927, were also inscribed.
Premier Dalton McGuinty presented D/Cst. Plunkett’s widow Sonja with Ontario's Tribute to the Fallen. The tribute honours police officers, firefighters and members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty since 2002. D/Cst. Plunkett is the 13th officer to be honoured with the tribute.
Inspector Charlie Green of 16 Division (Clarington) a 33-year member of the DRPS, once again organized the giant march as a Director of the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Board, the non-profit group that organizes the annual event.
Chief Mike Ewles proudly led the DRPS contingent. Lt.-Gov. David Onley and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty presided over the ceremonies.
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