DRPS officers and civilians were among the thousands who gathered at Queen’s Park on May 3rd to honour and remember fallen police officers at the 10th Annual Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance. This year also marks the 100th year anniversary of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Uniformed officers, auxiliary members, special constables, civilian members, police choirs and bands participated in the ceremony.
Fortunately, no officers were killed in 2008, but this year the names of two historic officers were added to the memorial monument: Constable Frank Hare and Constable Jeffrey Armstrong.
Hare died in 1951 when his Port Dover police vehicle was struck by a train during the pursuit of a speeding car. He was 44-years-old. Armstrong, 23, was accidentally shot in the stomach by a fellow recruit during his first week with the Ottawa Police in 1963.
Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minster of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci were also in attendance to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by Ontario police officers.
“Ontarians are deeply moved by the sacrifice and selflessness of all police officers,” said McGuinty. “We honour their memory and thank those today who answer the call of duty.”
The monument, known as the Wall of Honour, includes the names of all 236 officers killed in the line of duty since 1804.
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