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Honouring Ontario's Fallen Officers

Premier McGuinty Recognizes Police Officers Who Died In The Line of Duty

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QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today joined the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, in paying tribute to police officers who have died in the line of duty.

"Ontario's brave men and women in uniform work long hours away from their own families, putting themselves at risk to help keep us all safe," said Premier McGuinty. "It's an honour and a privilege to recognize those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice."

The Ontario Police Memorial honours all sworn Ontario police officers known to have died in the line of duty since before Confederation.

The names of six officers were added to the memorial. Ontario Provincial Police Constables Philip R. Shrive died on May 23, 2003, and John P. Flagg died on September 20, 2003. Both of their deaths resulted from injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Four of the new names added to the memorial belonged to officers who were identified by the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation during ongoing research into Ontario's police history.

Premier McGuinty, on behalf of Ontarians, offered condolences to the family members of the police officers who died in the line of duty, and also thanked the police officers throughout the province who continue serving Ontario communities through their hard work and dedication.

"The Ontario Police Memorial reminds all Ontarians that brave police officers continue working every day to keep us safe, to serve our communities and to help build a stronger Ontario."

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