"We go in with our eyes open"
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The thunder of boots on pavement
will be heard around Queen's Park on Sunday morning, as hundreds of
police officers gather to pay tribute to their colleagues who have
become casualties of their line of work. The Ontario Police Memorial
Foundation is holding the14th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for
Ontario's fallen officers. This year's event will bring police together
with thoughts of Guelph Constable Jennifer Kovach, all too fresh in
"We go in to this line of work with our eyes open, knowing full well
that lethal danger is part of the job," says Police Association of
Ontario President, Dave McFadden. "As an Association, working with the
police services, we do everything we can to keep officers safe, but
given what we do, day in and day out, we know that every year we're
going to be saying goodbye to those who have dedicated their lives to
keeping their communities safe, and who are now lost."
Two names will be added to the Wall of Honour, this year. Constable
Kovach whose death in February on her way to a call shattered the small
Ontario community; and Constable William Rourke, whose 1915 death was
shrouded in mystery, until just recently.
The names of those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty
will be read aloud beginning at 10am. The police pipe bands will lead
officers from across Ontario, Canada, and the United States in a march
around Queen's Park, ending on the South Lawn. At 11:00, the official
Ceremony of Remembrance will begin.
Toronto's CN Tower will be illuminated with blue light the evening
before the ceremony to honour the fallen officers.
Anyone wishing to attend the service may do so, to support the Ontario
Police Memorial Foundation in its efforts to ensure that every fallen
officer from Ontario is not forgotten.
SOURCE: Police Association of Ontario
For further information:
Dave McFadden, President Police Association of Ontario
Mike Abbott, President of Ontario Police Memorial Foundation