Condolences for Fredericton

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 4:29 p.m. August 15, 2018

A book of condolences is open at Toronto Police headquarters for two Fredericton Police Force officers who died in the line of duty on August 10.

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Court Officer Chris Dos Anjos signs a condolence book in memory of Fredericton police officers Robb Costello and Sara Burns at headquarters

Constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns were killed during an early morning shootout at an apartment complex. 

They were the first officers on the scene and they were trying to assist two civilians who were also fatally shot.

A/Supt. Brian Bott was among the many Service members who signed the book that will be presented to the slain officers’ families.

“I have lost a couple of close colleagues who died while on the job, so this brings back all those sad memories every time something like this happens,” he said. “We all know there is a risk whenever we report for duty and it’s important that all police officers stand besides our brothers and sisters in Fredericton during this challenging period.”

Dana Gidlow, the president of the Toronto Police Military Veterans Association, also paid tribute to the slain officers.

“As a retired police officer, suiting up every day and not knowing what the shift holds is something that goes through your mind,” he said. “It is vital that we show our solidarity and express our condolences with our brothers and sisters in the Fredericton Police Service.”

Gidlow spent 33 years with Toronto Police before retiring in 2008.

Court officer Chris Dosanjos also took time out to sign the book.

“Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice and signing this book is the least I can do to show my gratitude for all they did to serve and protect,” he added.

The book will be available at headquarters the end of day August 16.

Chief Mark Saunders and Deputy Chief Barbara McLean, who also signed the book, will attend the officers’ funeral on August 18.

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