GUELPH, ON, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Thousands of front line police
professionals are converging on Guelph, Ontario, to join in a
procession honouring a fallen comrade and valued member of the policing
family. The procession is making its way through Guelph to the Sleeman
Centre where a public funeral service is being held Thursday morning
for 26-year-old Constable Jennifer Kovach of the Guelph Police Service.
"Jennifer Kovach made the ultimate sacrifice in serving and keeping her
community and fellow officers safe," says Police Association of Ontario
President Dave McFadden. "We celebrate her life and her commitment to
the community and profession she served."
Constable Kovach was killed in the line of duty on March 14th. She was
answering a call when her car went out of control and collided with a
"All of us, as front line officers, feel a tremendous sense of urgency
to get somewhere to help someone, whether it's a member of the public
or another officer, and we are trained to balance that sense of urgency
and need for haste, with the need for safety," says PAO President Dave
McFadden. "When we get a call we don't know until we get there how
serious the situation is, but we do know that every second can count in
helping to save someone else's life or to keep the public safe. And
sometimes, tragically, officers are seriously hurt or lose their lives
in the process. We will all be thinking about the loss of a member of
our police family as we march tomorrow in her honour."
The Police Association of Ontario represents 34,000 professional police
personnel. McFadden says safety is paramount to the PAO - the safety
of Ontario communities and the officers who serve and protect them.
"Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Constable Kovach, and
the members of the Guelph Police Service and community.
SOURCE: Police Association of Ontario
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