Ottawa Bridges Dedicated To Fallen Provincial Police Officers
The Ontario government has officially dedicated five bridges in the Ottawa area in the memory of four Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and one provincial traffic officer who died in the line of duty.
Constable Hiram C. O'Callaghan Bridge
Ontario Department of Highways
April 1884 - January 13, 1928
Traffic Officer Hiram O'Callaghan was on motorcycle patrol on Highway 16 between Ottawa and Kemptville near Watterson's Corners. He was involved in a head-on collision with a delivery truck and died instantly.
Traffic Officer O'Callaghan was 43, and survived by his wife Mary and their six children, Charles, Fred, Gerald, Claude, Marjorie and Dorothy.
The Ontario Department of Highways Traffic Officers Motorcycle Unit became part of the OPP in 1930.
Bridge Structure - Highway 416 bridge crossing over the Rideau River between Ottawa and Kemptville.
Provincial Constable John F. Montgomery Bridge
Ontario Provincial Police, Badge #388
February 20, 1908 - July 31, 1931
Constable John Montgomery was on motorcycle patrol eastbound on Highway 17 when the vehicle ahead of him veered out of its lane to avoid a parked car. He was killed in a head-on collision with a westbound vehicle while attempting a similar manoeuvre.
Constable Montgomery was 23, and survived by his pregnant wife Lora and young son Robert. His second son John was born five months after his death.
Bridge Structure - Highway 417 bridge crossing over the railway tracks between Eagleson and Moodie Drive.
Provincial Constable Harold H. Dent Bridge
Ontario Provincial Police, Badge #44
March 2, 1903 - June 20, 1940
Constable Harold (Hal) Dent was responding to a telephone call about a suspicious person at the train station in Navan. When he approached the suspect and asked him to identify himself, the man pulled a gun from his coat and shot Constable Dent in the abdomen. He died within an hour, still on the floor of the station. His killer, a transient wanted for a break and enter the night before, was shot and killed by an off-duty OPP officer a short distance from the station.
Constable Dent was 37, and survived by his wife Wilma and infant son Murray.
Bridge Structure - Highway 417 bridge crossing over the railway tracks just East of Walkley Road.
Provincial Constable J. Robert Maki Bridge
Ontario Provincial Police, Badge #3077
August 22, 1935 - April 4, 1966
Constable Robert Maki was responding to a complaint of a man walking on a road discarding his clothing. The man was taken to the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium. A struggle ensued when the patient tried to flee. He was able to remove Constable Maki's revolver from his holster and fire five shots, killing him. The man was later found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Constable Maki was 30, and is survived by his wife Marilyn.
Bridge Structure - Highway 417 bridge crossing over the Rideau River.
Provincial Constable Kenneth M. Swett Bridge
Ontario Provincial Police, Badge #4823
March 8, 1951 - July 17, 1981
Constable Kenneth Swett was transporting an assault victim back to his cottage. At approximately 4 a.m. he received a radio alert for a drunk driver. Two and a half miles south of Highway 44, the impaired driver veered into the constable's lane on a curve and struck the cruiser. Both cars instantly went up in flames, killing Constable Swett, his passenger and the driver of the oncoming vehicle.
Constable Swett was 30, and is survived by his wife Sherry and two daughters Lisa and Kristina.
Bridge Structure - Highway 417 bridge crossing the Mississippi River in the former Municipality of West Carleton Township.