Friday, November 14th, the Surrey RCMP hosted a special ceremony to
unveil a new public memorial cairn that was recently rebuilt outside the
Surrey RCMP’s Main Detachment.
The event was dedicated to the memory of those officers of the Surrey
RCMP who gave their lives whilst in the performance of their duties:
Constable Archie Lepine, Constable Roger Pierlet, Constable Terry
Draginda, Constable John Baldwinson, and Constable Adrian Oliver.
Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, RCMP
Lower Mainland District Commander Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo, and
City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts presided over the ceremony. Families
of the fallen officers and veteran RCMP officers were also in attendance
to commemorate the unveiling.
“I am honoured to be here today to pay special tribute to the five
fallen members who served with Surrey Detachment,” said Surrey RCMP
C/Supt. Bill Fordy. “This memorial cairn will serve as a reminder to the
public and our officers of the sacrifice that these five men made in
serving the City of Surrey.”
Last year, the Surrey RCMP embarked on a project to rebuild the public
Surrey RCMP memorial cairn that was originally built in 1975. Over the
past 39 years, the cairn had deteriorated and, since the loss of Cst.
Oliver in 2012, the detachment has been working with the City to rebuild
the memorial so that Cst. Oliver’s name could be respectfully added.
As with the original cairn, the completion of the new memorial required
the support of the detachment’s officers, municipal staff, and
volunteers who raised the funds for the project.
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