Memorial to be established in honour of Moncton RCMP Constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan
MONCTON, NB, June 4, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, participated in the unveiling of the design for a monument to be constructed in honour of the three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers who lost their lives in the June 2014 Moncton shootings. Minister Blaney was joined by Parliamentary Secretary Robert Goguen; the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick; Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, Commanding Officer, RCMP J Division; and Mayor George LeBlanc, City of Moncton.
On June 4, 2014, RCMP Constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan were tragically killed in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of Moncton from an armed assailant. Constables Éric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were seriously injured. Police officers and emergency first responders involved in this tragic event demonstrated incredible dedication and professionalism in carrying out their duties, and Canadians from across the country shared in the shock and grief with the people of Moncton.
Recognizing the significance of this tragic event in the lives of the citizens of Moncton and the friends and family of the officers, the Government of Canada, Province of New Brunswick, City of Moncton and the RCMP came together to plan a permanent commemorative memorial to the three officers.
"Last year's horrific shooting incident that cost the lives of three RCMP officers and injured two others deeply saddened Canadians from across the country – this senseless loss is incomprehensible. The memorial to be constructed will be a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by the officers and their families, and the risks the brave men and women in uniform face on a daily basis while keeping Canadian families safe."
– The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"On the anniversary of this tragedy, our thoughts are with the families of constables Douglas Larche, Dave Ross, and Fabrice Gevaudan. We will remember the bravery and sacrifice of all the men and women who dutifully serve our country and put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe."
– The Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick
"This memorial to Constables Larche, Ross and Gevaudan will not only serve to honour three brave RCMP officers, dedicated to serving and protecting their community, it will be a symbol of the strength and resilience of the people of Moncton themselves and the support they demonstrated for the RCMP when they needed it most."
– Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Moncton – Riverview – Dieppe
"To all the levels of government involved in making this memorial to honour and remember Doug, Dave and Fabrice a reality, thank you. It is a fitting tribute that will give our community a place to go to pay their respects and remember the contribution these fine men made to their community."
– Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, Commanding Officer of RCMP J Division
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