Members of the Durham Regional Police Service were among the thousands who gathered at Queen’s Park on May 2 to honour and remember fallen police officers at the annual Ontario Police Memorial Ceremony of Remembrance.
Uniformed officers, auxiliary members, special constables, civilian members, police choirs and bands participated in the ceremony.
Unfortunately five names of officers killed in the line of duty this year were added to the memorial wall.
PC Alan Hack - OPP Elgin County
PC Ireneusz "Eric" Czapnik - Ottawa Police Service
C/Supt Doug Coates - RCMP Ottawa
PC Artem "James" Ochakovsky - Peel Regional Police Service
PC Vu Pham - OPP Huron County
Five is the largest number of active members added to the roll in a single service.
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.
“When a police officer falls, we feel it,” said Premier McGuinty. “We read their stories in the paper, we recall a time when an officer was there for us. Those we remember today, we admire for how they lived their lives and we offer our support for their families and loved ones left behind.”
The monument, known as the Wall of Honour, includes the names of all officers killed in the line of duty since 1804.
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Durham auxiliary members (JPG file, 337.6K bytes)
Our members march (JPG file, 347.2K bytes)
Durham Regional Police Pipes and Drums member (JPG file, 325.0K bytes)
Durham Police lead Ontario's regional services in the march (JPG file, 345.0K bytes)
The Wall of Honour (JPG file, 466.8K bytes)
The memorial (JPG file, 650.0K bytes)