Since 1998, the last Sunday of every September is Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day, as proclaimed by the federal government.
This year, there are 11 police and peace officers remembered, including eight who died within the past 14 months:
- Const. Steve Dery, 27, of Ottawa: Kativik Regional Police Force officer was shot and killed on March 2, 2013 while responding to a domestic dispute in Kuujjuaq, Que.
- Const. Adrian Oliver, 28, of Ottawa: RCMP officer in Surrey, B.C., died after a crash between his unmarked police cruiser and a transport truck.
- Const. Jennifer Kovach, 26, of Guelph, Ont.: Guelph police officer was responding to a call for help from another officer when she crashed into a bus and died.
- Howard Lavers, 57, of Port Saunders, N.L.: Wildlife officer drowned after his snowmobile broke through the ice on Eastern Bluey Pond, near Blue Mountain, N.L.
- Const. Donovan Lagrange, 33, of Saint-Jérôme, Que.: Quebec provincial police officer succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 640, near Bois-de-Filion, Que.
- Const. Katia Hadouchi, 23, of Laval, Que.: Quebec provincial police officer was responding to a domestic violence call when she lost control of her patrol car in Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare, Que. She later died.
- Rod Lazenby, 62, of High River, Alta.: Retired RCMP officer-turned-peace officer was allegedly killed in an ambush while working in High River.
- Const. Derek Pineo, 38, of Nipawin, Sask.: Saskatchewan Mountie died after his police vehicle crashed into a moose.
The memorial on Sunday also remembers three officers who died in past years but were never previously honoured: Canada Customs officer Frederick Harris, Special Constable Indian Peter of the former Dominion Police Force of Canada and John Rutledge, an Ontario prison guard.