Ontario Newsroom

Niagara Bridges Dedicated To Fallen Police Officers

Archived News Release

Niagara Bridges Dedicated To Fallen Police Officers

McGuinty Government Pays Tribute To Three OPP Constables

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Three Niagara bridges have been officially dedicated in memory of fallen Ontario Provincial Police officers. All three officers were killed while on duty on the Queen Elizabeth Way.

  • Constable John Gregovski died on January 4, 1989
  • Constable Michael Gula died on April 2, 1996
  • Constable Charles Mercier died on September 30, 1999
Memorial signs with each officer's name and police service crest have been posted at the end of each bridge to honour them. Since 2002, Ontario has dedicated bridges and other highway structures across the province in memory of fallen police officers.

Quick Facts

  • 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, 19 provincial highway structures have been named in honour of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Background Information

Additional Resources


“By naming a bridge for each of these officers across the highway they dedicated their careers to patrolling and protecting, we hope that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Ontario's police officers put the safety of those using Ontario's highways in the Niagara Region ahead of their own safety. These bridge dedications will commemorate the ultimate sacrifice the officers and their families made on our behalf.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

“These bridge dedications will serve as a memorial of the sacrifice that these three officers made and also serves as a reminder of the risks that all police officers face on a daily basis as they serve communities across the province.”

Chris D. Lewis

Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Media Contacts



Driving and Roads Home and Community Law and Safety Travel and Recreation Francophones