Remembering Fallen at National Memorial

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:39 a.m. September 27, 2017
Updated: 11:48 a.m. September 29, 2017

Newly appointed Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon led Toronto officers in Ottawa on September 23 to greet 41 past and present Toronto Police members who completed this year’s National Peace Officers Memorial 460-kilometre run from Toronto to the nation’s capital.

A group of police officers with parliament building in background
Thousands of members of the law enforcement family gathered at Parliament Hill to honour the fallen

A few Service members also took part in the Canadian Memorial Ride to Remember.

“It was touching to arrive on Parliament Hill as a runner and be greeted by the Deputy Chief wearing her Run to Remember T-shirt,” said Constable Laurie McCann, after completing her fifth run. “The weather was very hot this year for the run and we all felt the heat. The feeling of camaraderie, teamwork and respect for our fallen officers is what this was all about.”

The Toronto Police participants in this year’s memorial run wore armbands with the names of fallen TPS officers which have been carved into the granite wall of honour at the Ontario Police Memorial.

A group of people in TPS uniform
Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon led the Toronto Police Service at the memorial

The run culminates with the Peace Officers Memorial service in Ottawa on September 24. The ceremony at Parliament Hill honours officers who have died in the line of duty. 

Read about Run to Remember leaving from Ontario Police Memorial

Constable Richer Dubuc, a married father with four children, who died on duty in a vehicle collision on March 6, 2017 near the Quebec/New York border, was added to the honour roll.

The ceremony started in 1978, one year after the death of Constable David Kirkwood, shot and killed while trying to execute an arrest warrant.

The first memorial honoured 14 officers. Since that time, the names of 860 fallen officers have been added to the list.

Group of men and women in police uniforms holding various flags, standing on a lawn in front of a parliament building
Members of the Chief's Ceremonial Unit at Parliament Hill
Rows of men and women in police uniforms standing in front of a parliament building
Group of auxiliary members was also at the memorial
TPS crest watermark