A contingent of Durham Regional Police members joined thousands of fellow police and peace officers at the 33rd Annual National Police and Peace Officers' Memorial in Ottawa on Sunday, Sept. 26 to honour colleagues who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Seven Canadian officers died in the line of duty over the past year.
Two of the officers, RCMP Chief Supt. Douglas Coates and Sgt. Mark Gallagher, died during the earthquake in Haiti last January. Durham Regional Police officer Cst. Richard Fantinato, who was also in Haiti at the time of the quake, marched up Parliament Hill alongside fellow members who have served on UN missions wearing a blue beret.
In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of each September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. This service gives Canadians an opportunity to express their appreciation for the ultimate dedication of these police and peace officers.
The names of the seven who died over the past year, along with 12 historical names, were etched into the Wall of Honour memorial pavilion, which now includes the names of 771 officers.
• Levis Police Service Constable Melanie Roy, died Sept. 7, 2009;
• RCMP Sergeant Mark Gallagher, died Jan. 12, 2010;
• RCMP Chief Superintendent Douglas E. Coate, died — January 16, 2010;
• Ottawa Police Const. Eric Czapnik, died Dec. 29, 2009;
• Peel Regional Police Constable A. James Ochakovsky, died March 2, 2010;
• Ontario Provincial Police Constable Vu Pham, died March 8, 2010; and
• RCMP Constable Chelsey Robinson, died June 21, 2010.
"They Are Our Heroes, We Shall Not Forget Them."
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Cst. Richard Fantinato (JPG file, 1,216.5K bytes)
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