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Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017

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None But the Brave

Memorial honours officers who died in the line of duty

Submitted by Cpl. Mike Rail, UFVRD/Handout photo

 

he memorial dedicated to recognizing and honouring Upper Fraser Valley RCMP officers killed in the line of duty will remain a permanent presentation in front of the Chilliwack RCMP Community Policing Office, 45924 Airport Road.

The bronze commemorative displays the names of Constable Gerald Fortis, Sumas RCMP Highway Patrol, who succumbed to injuries received during an automobile collision on December 25, 1997.

“Memorials that show respect for professionals who put public safety ahead of their own, especially those who’ve paid the ultimate price for their selflessness, serve as important reminders of how police officers are fundamental to the safety and quality of life we enjoy in B.C.,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. A $2,500 grant from provincial civil forfeiture proceeds supported the creation of the memorial.

“The last Sunday of September every year is proclaimed as Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day in which we as Canadians may reflect on the unselfish service of those who protect us and ultimately give their lives in their service,” says Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer in Charge, UFVRD.  “We remember our fallen officers every day.”

 


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