Over 600 friends, family and colleagues of Cst. Stephen Neill bid a fond farewell May 16 as funeral services were held for the 39-year-old police officer.
Remembered as a fearless individual, a hero, a tireless worker and a great cop, Stephen Neill will be remembered as a "great warrior" in the policing community.
Regional Chair Roger Anderson, Police Services Board Chair Bob Boychyn and DRPS Chief Kevin McAlpine were among the dignitaries in attendance. Over 250 officers in dress uniform were on hand and saluted Cst. Neill, many from the Toronto Police Service, where Cst. Neill served before joining the DRPS just over a year ago.
Constable Stephen Neill, 39, had just completed the half course circuit of the annual National Capital Marathon in Ottawa on Sunday, May 11th when he began experiencing some physical discomfort. Emergency medical personnel were on scene at the finish line and immediately attended but were unable to save the officer.
Cst. Neill joined the Toronto Police Service as a cadet in June 1982 and transferred to the Durham Regional Police in March of 2002. He originally worked at the Oshawa Community Police Office, but transferred to the Nuclear Security Division in January 2003, working at both the Darlington and Pickering nuclear facilities. He was scheduled to receive his 20-year police service medal this year. His wife, Jacqueline, is an officer with the Toronto Police.
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