Dan Woodall Park Unveiled On Anniversary Of Edmonton Officer's Death

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Edmonton has honoured a city police officer killed in the line of duty by naming a new park after him.

Const. Dan Woodall was shot one year ago on June 8, while trying to serve an arrest warrant on a man being investigated for anti-Semitic bullying.

After bullets ripped through the front door of the suspect's home, the building went up in flames and police found the shooter's body inside.

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Const. Dan Woodall was killed one year ago in Edmonton. (Photo: Edmonton Police Service)

Woodall, 35, joined the Edmonton force in 2007 after starting his policing career in Manchester, England.

The officer's widow and other relatives attended a dedication ceremony at Daniel Woodall Park, located in the South Terwillegar neighbourhood.

Claire Woodall says her two young sons have called it "daddy's park.''

Seven-year-old Gabe and five-year-old Callen kicked a soccer ball around with members of the police soccer team after the ceremony Wednesday. Woodall loved soccer and the park includes a soccer field.

People also planted a memorial tree at the site using compost from flowers given to the Edmonton force after Woodall's death.

"In some ways, it seems only like yesterday."

"How can you be sad when this is happening?'' Claire Woodall told reporters.

"My day will be tomorrow, that I'll quietly reflect on it.''

Police Chief Rod Knecht said he hasn't forgotten the day Woodall died.

"In some ways, it seems only like yesterday,'' he said. "This morning, when I was thinking about this ... all those feelings come back. I remember what I was doing, when I was doing it, when the call came in that evening.''

He said the park it a fitting legacy for Woodall, who was as passionate a family man as he was an officer.

(CHED, The Canadian Press)

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