Ceremony held for fallen Ontario police officers

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and other dignitaries attended a ceremony Sunday to honor fallen Ontario police officers in person for the first time since 2019.

The 23rd Annual Commemoration Ceremony was organized by the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation and was held in Queen’s Park.

Three names of recently killed officers were added to the Ontario Police Memorial this year, including Toronto Police Officer Constable Jeffrey Northrup, who was fatally struck by a vehicle while responding to a burglary call in an underground parking lot in the Toronto City Council last year.

The other two names added are OPP Officer Marc Hovingh of the Manitoulin Detachment and Officer Joan Theresa VanBreda of the Niagara Regional Police. Both died in the line of duty in 2020.

Three other names were also added after historical research: Guelph Police Constable John Teevens, who died in 1945; Brantford Police Constable John Hickey, who died in 1897; and Brockville Police Constable Alexander Wright, who died in 1895.

The last in-person ceremony took place in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various road closures are in place around Queen’s Park to accommodate the ceremony.

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