The Toronto Police Cricket Club won a New York City tournament while forging a stronger bond with U.S. and Irish officers.
The local officers captured the World Police cricket championship, held from Oct. 6-10, dedicated to the memory of New York Police Department Officer Dillon Stewart, killed in the line of duty in November 2005.
“When we received the offer from Sergeant Mahaan Chandu of the NYPD to take part in the tournament, we were excited,” said TPCC captain Amir Butt of 31 Division. “It was an opportunity to continue the camaraderie and brotherhood that men and women in law enforcement have in common and also remember a fellow officer who made the ultimate sacrifice with his life.”
The other competing teams were the NYPD, New York City Corrections, Garda Siochana of the Republic of Ireland, the Northern Ireland Police Service and a World International XI.
TPCC made light work of New York City Corrections in its first match, winning by nine wickets off 23 balls chasing 54 for victory.
Butt scored an unbeaten 50 to lead his side to a six-wicket win over the World Police Team, their second fixture the following day.
The third day’s play was washed out.
In the final against long-time rival NYPD, the Toronto team soared to an easy victory, after limiting the Americans to 132.
Nearly $1,500, raised at the tournament, was presented to Stewart’s family.
Survived by his wife and two daughters, Stewart was pursuing a driver in Brooklyn when he was fatally shot through the heart by the driver who fired five bullets into the officer's patrol car. In spite of his wound, the officer kept driving for blocks in pursuit of the gunman.
The 35-year-old officer was taken in his own bullet-riddled unmarked car to hospital by his fellow officers, but died hours later, becoming the first officer to die in the line of duty that year.
The tour to New York concluded with a banquet, a harbour tour of Manhattan and a trip to the 9-1-1 Memorial site.
“These are the moments that each one of us will cherish and remember throughout our lives,” said Detective Mansoor Ahmed of 13 Division. “The friendship and brotherhood that we have built among one another during this trip is truly something that’s priceless. It gives you a sense of comfort to know that you have brothers and sisters around the globe who will always be there for you when you need them.”