Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Local News

Paying Respect Across the Country

Book of condolences available at the City Hall

Staff/Voice photos


Local residents gather at Five Corners Park Tuesday in memory of the three slain Moncton RCMP officers.


hile the funeral for three RCMP officers killed last week by a gunman was taking place in Moncton, a sombre group of locals held a moment of silence at Five Corners Park in Chilliwack. The dedication was put together by Debbie Walker from Translucent Publicity.


Residents thanked Chilliwack RCMP Cpl Lee Dyson and another officer in attendance, for putting their lives on the line daily to protect the community.


The City of Chilliwack flew the flag at half mast.


The public is invited to sign a  book of condolences (see below) that has been set up in the lobby of City Hall.


Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl stood in the House of Commons today and made the following statement:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the women and men across our country who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. Whether they put on a military, police, firefighter, or corrections uniform, they put themselves in harm's way so that the rest of us can rest easy.

"Today in Chilliwack, the flag at City Hall will be flown at half mast, and a book of condolences will be available for those wishing to express their sympathies and share words of comfort to the friends, families and colleagues of the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty in Moncton last week.

"Similar gestures of solidarity and support are taking place across the country today. As Canadians pause to remember three RCMP officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, let us also resolve to give thanks to, and say a prayer for, all of those Canadians who run toward danger, rather than run away from it.

"May God Bless them all."


The following was released from the City on Monday:

he City of Chilliwack is saddened by the loss of Cst. Douglas James Larche, Cst. Dave Joseph Ross, and Cst. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan who were killed in Moncton, N.B. on June 4, 2014 and wish to express our deepest condolences.

In order for our community to express their sympathies and share words of comfort, a condolence book has been set up at Chilliwack City Hall (8550 Young Street) which will be sent to Moncton N.B. The book is beside the front doors in the lobby of City Hall.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with the family, friends and fellow RCMP members as they cope with this devastating loss,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “We hope this small token of our sympathies will be meaningful to those going through this tragedy.”

On June 10 City Hall will fly the flags at half mast in honour of the fallen RCMP members. On that day, residents can also choose to wear red in remembrance. According to a Facebook campaign, the spouses of the RCMP created this as a way for people to show support for the fallen Moncton RCMP officers on the day of the memorial service.

“Tragedies such as this remind us that police work is inherently dangerous, and we thank all our RCMP officers in Chilliwack and across Canada for putting themselves at risk for public safety,” said Mayor Gaetz. “I know I’ll be wearing red tomorrow as a small way of showing my support.”


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