Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

RCMP News

Never Forgetting Fallen Officers

Surrey Mounties unveil new public memorial

Released by Surrey RCMP

 

n 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.”

Backgrounder
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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