Minden Area Bridges Dedicated To Fallen Police Officers
Ontario Government Pays Tribute To Three OPP Constables
Three bridges along Highway 35 in the Haliburton area have been officially dedicated in the memory of fallen officers from the Ontario Provincial Police.
Constable Eric Nystedt was stabbed to death on July 3, 1993, Corporal James Smith and Detective Sergeant Lorne J. Chapitis were shot to death on the same day - December 11, 1968.
Memorial signs with each officer's name and police service crest have been posted at each end of the bridge honouring them.
- Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be named in memory of fallen police officers since 2002. The Highway Memorial for Fallen Police Officers Act, 2002 is based on a private member's bill introduced by Rick Bartolucci, MPP for Sudbury.
- Since 2002, 32 provincial highway structures have been named in honour of fallen police officers.
“Ontario's police officers put the safety of the community before their own. These bridge dedications will commemorate the ultimate sacrifice the officers and their families made on our behalf.”
“Through the dedication of these bridges, Ontarians can continue to remember and honour the sacrifice these brave police officers made to keep our communities safe.”
“These bridge dedications 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