09/24/2014 11:51 EDT | Updated 11/24/2014 05:59 EST

First aboriginal officer to be honoured by having Edmonton park named for him

EDMONTON - Canada’s first aboriginal police officer is being honoured by having a new park named after him in downtown Edmonton.

Alex Decoteau joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1909, and would go on to compete in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.

He joined the Canadian Army during the First World War, and died at the Battle of Passchendaele in October of 1917.

The name was suggested by students from Patricia Heights School after they learned about Decoteau in class.

In a statement, Mayor Don Iveson says Edmonton has a rich aboriginal history, adding it’s fitting a park in the heart of the city be named for a man he calls “a remarkable Edmontonian.”

Construction on the park is slated to begin in 2016.