Fallen police officers mourned

All RCMP share in grieving for lost Moncton members

100 Mile House RCMP and Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services members marched from the detachment to the Royal Canadian Legion #260 on June 11 to watch the televised Regimental Funeral for fallen Moncton RCMP Constables Dave Joseph Ross

100 Mile House RCMP and Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services members marched from the detachment to the Royal Canadian Legion #260 on June 11 to watch the televised Regimental Funeral for fallen Moncton RCMP Constables Dave Joseph Ross

The Regimental Funeral for fallen RCMP Constables Dave Joseph Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Douglas James Larche was held in Moncton on June 11.

The 100 Mile House RCMP detachment members paid their tribute to the fallen officers by assembling en masse to watch the funeral service when it was televised live.

Staff Sgt. Blake Ward said the local service was hosted at the Royal Canadian Legion #260-100 Mile House, which has suitable facilities to accommodate the “very good” local turnout for the televised service.

The local police marched from the detachment up the 99 Mile Hill to the Legion, including all but three members – and most in Red Serge – along with its traffic members, auxiliary and office staff.

“It was really nice to sit there as a group to watch the ceremony and feel we were part of it even though we couldn’t be there … to share it amongst ourselves as far as members go, and to be there to support each other in watching these funeral services,” said Ward.

It was a moving service to witness, he added.

“This is a very difficult time for all of us in the RCMP. Even though we are a large police force going across Canada, we are still very much a family unit, and to have something like that happen to us, even across the country like that, it still affects us here.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke at the service in Moncton.

The nation’s leader noted it was an “occasion of profound sadness and a time of searing grief” shared by all Canadians, but nowhere more profoundly felt than in Moncton, and none more so than by the families of the “three fine officers” lost in the line of duty.

“… the murder of those sworn to uphold the law, those who donned their uniforms day in and day out to keep our streets safe, is an attack not only on them but upon all of us – on our families, on our communities, on our neighbours, upon our very society itself.”

Harper also wished a speedy and full recovery to RCMP officers Darlene Goguen and Eric Dubois, who were wounded in the same horrific series of shootings.

Ward noted the South Cariboo reached out compassionately to the local detachment members.

“It was very nice to see the outpouring of support from the community, in the local residents here providing their condolences and the showering of different gifts of appreciation.”

The legion was also a “tremendous host” in allowing them the opportunity to view the local service there.

“It’s very nice to see the community provide us that support at this tough time.”