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  Whitby Officer Honoured at This Year's Memorial

May 02, 2016 13:53 ET

DRPS members joined hundreds of officers from across Ontario on May 1st to march in memory of those who have lost their lives while keeping our communities safe.

The 17th annual Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance took place at Queen's Park Circle in Toronto on May 1, 2016 starting at 11:00 a.m.

For the first time, an officer from Durham Region was added to the memorial wall. Ontario County Constable and part-time Whitby Township Police Special Constable Samuel James Vanstone's name was added. On Oct. 12, 1928 Cst. Vanstone was at his home at the corner of Henry and Dundas Streets in Whitby when he witnessed a vehicle with six occupants lose control and flip over. It was raining heavily and Cst. Vanstone ran outside with an umbrella to assist. His umbrella touched a low hanging hydro line from a pole damaged in the collision and he was electrocuted.

Cst. Vanstone was 64 years old and married with four children at the time of his death. His grandson, who is now 74, attended Queen's Park along with several members of the Vanstone family.

In addition to Cst. Vanstone, two other officers were added to the Wall of Honour. County Constable John Morrison, of Russel County (1880) and County Constable William Lorenzo Pickard of Kent County (1922).

Chief Paul Martin and CAO Stan MacLellan led the DRP delegation at the march. Several members of the Vanstone family attended and, as always, retired DRPS Inspector Charlie Green served as Aide-de-Camp for the Lieutenant Governor, who presided over the event.

Below are attached files.
Chief Paul Martin Leads the DRP Members in the March (JPG file, 596.5K bytes)
Cst. Samual Vanstone's Name Inscribed on the Memorial Wall (JPG file, 6,128.3K bytes)
DRPS Drum Major Colin Shaw Leads the Combined Pipes & Drums (JPG file, 403.2K bytes)
DRPS Traffic Services Harley Motorcycle Drivers Took Part (JPG file, 296.5K bytes)