NEWS
06/17/2015 11:32 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Funeral procession winds through a quiet downtown Edmonton for slain officer

EDMONTON - Thousands of police officers and emergency personnel are marching through the eerily quiet streets of downtown Edmonton to honour a city policeman who was killed while trying to make an arrest.More than a dozen blocks in the core have been cordoned off and security is tight as the procession for Const. Daniel Woodall makes its way from the legislature to a conference centre where the funeral will be held. Blue ribbons are tied to trees and lamps along the route — just as they have been in many neighbourhoods since Woodall was slain on June 8.The 35-year-old city officer was trying to serve an arrest warrant to a man suspected of the anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton family.Norman Raddatz fired dozens of shots through his front door, killing Woodall and wounding another officer, before shooting himself.Woodall came to the Edmonton Police Service in 2007 after serving four years with the force in Manchester, England."There are really no words great enough to express my love and gratitude to the city of Edmonton. You have shown so much love and support to myself, my family, and all first responders," Woodall's widow, Clair, said in a statement issued before the funeral."We will be forever grateful. I am lucky to call Edmonton my home.""We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and thoughts at this very sad time. Dan was the light of our lives and the people of Edmonton have taken to him like one of their own," Woodall's parents, David and Denise, said in the same statement."Thank you all again. We love you all."The regimental funeral will include tributes from friends and speeches from dignitaries including police Chief Rod Knecht and Mayor Don Iveson.