The President of the Durham Regional Police Association, Terry Ryan, died early this morning as the result of a tragic motor vehicle collision last night in Whitby.
The 55-year-old police officer was travelling northbound on Lakeridge Road when his vehicle was struck head on by a southbound vehicle. Terry was rushed to Ajax/Pickering Hospital and then airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where he succumbed to his injuries.
He began his policing career in 1973 with the Pickering Police Department, which was later merged with others to form the Durham Regional Police in 1974. In 1993 he was first elected President of the DRPA, which now has over 900 members. Terry is a long serving Director and the current Chair of the Police Association of Ontario.
Police Chief Kevin McAlpine expressed his shock and deep sorrow early this morning in a bulletin to all Members of the Service.
On behalf of the Police Services Board, Chair Bob Boychyn praised Ryan for the key role he played in the development of the Durham Regional Police.
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Terry Ryan and our sympathies and condolences are extended to Terry's family," Boychyn says, "Terry was a very worthy advocate for the Members of the Durham Regional Police and through his efforts, we were able to build many bridges and work closely with the membership for the betterment of the Service. He will be sadly missed."
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