York Police holding candlelight vigil to honour fallen officers

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York Regional Police is proud to commemorate the 12th National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run to Remember by hosting a candlelight vigil and five-kilometre run in honour of York Regional Police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The candlelight vigil will take place at the starting and finishing points of the run on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8 p.m. York Regional Police members will leave the starting line at Highway 48 and Herald Road in East Gwillimbury at 8 p.m. Chief Eric Jolliffe will be on hand to deliver opening remarks.

The public is encouraged to attend the vigil and join in the first 500 metres of the run to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

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Since the inception of York Regional Police in 1971, four members have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Six members of our pre-regional services also died in the line of duty.  The most recent losses were Constable Garrett Styles on June 28, 2011 and Detective Constable Rob Plunkett on August 2, 2007.

Life is an act of faith

“We have tragically lost two of our officers in recent years,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Their sacrifice serves to remind us that our officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure York Region remains one of the safest places to live in Canada. For the families and friends of police officers, life is an act of faith that is tested every time they put on their uniform.”

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Seventeen York Regional Police members will be participating in the 12th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Run to Remember beginning on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 8:45 a.m., in the City of Toronto. Police officers and civilian staff members from several police agencies will run the 460-kilometre route from Toronto to Ottawa.

Twenty members of York Regional Police will participate in the Ride to Remember leaving from the Ontario Police College in Aylmer on the morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2016, for the 750-kilometer trek to Ottawa.

The purpose of the run and ride is to help raise awareness of the annual Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Service, where we pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters across Canada who valiantly gave their lives in service of their community and their country.

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The 39th annual Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will take place at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  York Regional Police participation in the memorial will include 30 senior officers, 50 officers and civilian members, 50 Auxiliary Unit members, our Pipes and Drums, Venturers and Rovers and the Ceremonial Unit. – CINEWS

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