Honouring Ontario's Fallen Police Officers
Premier McGuinty Presents "Tribute To The Fallen" Plaques To Families, Attends Annual Police Memorial At Queen's Park
Premier Dalton McGuinty today commemorated the bravery, heroism and sacrifice of Ontario's fallen police officers by presenting tribute plaques to their families.
"I was not privileged, as you were, to know the men and women we honour with this tribute," said Premier McGuinty. "But I do have the privilege of representing 13 million Ontarians whose hearts are filled with tremendous respect for their courage, and on their behalf, I want to thank you."
Premier McGuinty made his remarks at a special ceremony honouring Ontario's fallen police officers. Since 2002, 12 Ontario police officers have died in the line of duty. At today's ceremony, the families of the officers were presented with the province's new "Tribute to the Fallen" plaques.
Premier McGuinty was joined by Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter to present the tributes.
"The officers we pay tribute to today served alongside the finest assembly of police officers to serve any citizens anywhere in the world," said Kwinter. "We honour their memories, and we promise to never forget the sacrifice they made."
Created in 2006, the tribute honours police officers, firefighters and members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty since 2002. Last November, Ontario commemorated deceased military personnel at an inaugural tribute ceremony held at Queen's Park. Fallen firefighters will be recognized with a special service later this year.
"I am honoured today to represent the 30,000 front-line police personnel in Ontario, and stand alongside the government of Ontario to witness the presentation of these memorial tributes made to the families and survivors of officers who gave their lives in the service of Ontario's communities," said Baltin. "This tribute from the Province will forever recognize the selfless contribution made by police personnel to Ontario."
Following the ceremony, Premier McGuinty joined the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and police officers for the annual Ontario Police Memorial at Queen's Park.
This year, the names of six fallen officers were added to the memorial. Three officers -- Constable John C. Atkinson, Constable Donald J.Y. Doucet and OPP Constable David Mounsey -- were killed in 2006. Constable John R. Davey, County Constable Albert C. Springstead and Highway Traffic Officer Miles Campbell died before 1930. The Police Memorial Foundation identified their names during research into Ontario's police history.
"Today, we remember officers who passed through this world -- and left a mark that is wide and deep and profound," said Premier McGuinty. "Because for every name on this monument, we could recite the names of hundreds of people these officers helped, of so many children comforted, so many lives touched, in so many ways, that no monument could list them all."