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06/17/2015 14:28 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Slain Edmonton officer remembered as funny, compassionate, courageous

EDMONTON - A slain Edmonton police officer is being remembered as a man who loved his family, made friends easily and most feared letting his colleagues down.Dave Ainsworth says he met Const. Daniel Woodall when they both worked with the Greater Manchester Police and Woodall looked like "a 12-year-old in uniform."Ainsworth says Woodall was compassionate and courageous, and was always the first to step up when someone was needed for a job.Ainsworth also recalls Woodall's wicked sense of humour and how Woodall was the person laughing the loudest at his own jokes.Woodall, who was 35, died on June 8 when he tried to serve an arrest warrant to a man suspected of the anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton family.He moved to Edmonton from Manchester in 2007 — a decision Ainsworth says Woodall never regretted.The funeral service began with the snap of snare drums marking step for a colour guard from the Edmonton police force.The police officer's widow, Claire, and their two young children were accompanied into the service by family and friends.Norman Raddatz fired dozens of shots through his front door, killing Woodall and wounding another officer, before shooting himself.The day began with a procession of thousands of police officers and emergency responders marching shoulder to shoulder through the quiet streets of the city's downtown.A woman from a daycare centre shushed her children when the parade stopped in front of them — the only sound a bass drum beating like a heart.The people who lined the streets remained respectfully silent as they said good-bye to Woodall.Kassandra Rusk was holding a large Canadian flag."Both my parents are first responders," she said. "They put their life on the line every day for us and we don't give them enough gratitude for that."Nathan Mikhail, a young boy sitting on the sidewalk with his two little brothers, said he wanted to be there for police officers, Woodall's family and his friends."I respect some of the other people who were close friends with him and knew him. They're probably very sad that he died."At one point along the route, huge Canadian and British flags hung over the street from the ladders of two fire trucks.