Thunder Bay Bridge Dedicated To Fallen Police Officer
McGuinty Government Pays Tribute To Local Hero
The Current River Bridge on Highway 11/17 in Thunder Bay has been officially dedicated in the memory of Constable John S. Kusznier who died in the line of duty.
Constable Kusznier died on January 15, 1978, while responding to a disturbance in the parking lot of a local nightclub. Constable Kusznier encountered two men armed with handguns and an exchange of gunfire took place. Constable Kusznier suffered a fatal wound.
A memorial sign with the fallen officer's name and police service crest has been posted at each end of the bridge.
- The Highway Memorial for Fallen Police Officers Act, 2002, allows provincial bridges and other highway structures to be named in memory of fallen police officers.
- Since 2002, 15 provincial highway structures have been named in honour of fallen police officers.
“This bridge dedication is a tribute to Constable John S. Kusznier, and a reminder to Ontarians of the sacrifice this brave police officer made to keep his community safe.”
“Ontario's police officers put the safety of the community before their own. This bridge dedication will commemorate the ultimate sacrifice Constable Kusznier and his family made on our behalf.”
“This bridge dedication will serve as a memorial of the sacrifice that John Kusznier made for the citizens of Thunder Bay 32 years ago. It will also serve as a reminder of the risks that Thunder Bay police service officers face on a daily basis as they serve our community.”
Robert P. Herman