Proud mo­ment for son of fallen cop

65 years af­ter his tragic death ‘Monty’ Wood to be hon­oured on On­tario Po­lice Me­mo­rial

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - TIM MILLER tjmiller@post­media.com

QUINTE WEST — It was a foggy De­cem­ber night when Const. A. M. ‘Monty’ Wood stopped to help a mo­torist whose truck had stalled on the side of the road.

Spy­ing the head­lights of an ap­proach­ing ve­hi­cle Monty crossed the road to close a door on the truck which had been left open.

“He never made it,” re­called Monty’s son, Tom Wood, who was six at the time.

The con­sta­ble was struck by the on­com­ing ve­hi­cle, dy­ing sev­eral hours later.

“We got the word the next morn­ing from the lo­cal po­lice con­sta­ble that was run­ning the de­tach­ment in North­brook at the time,” he added. “They con­tacted us and told us that daddy had died.”

For Wood, who jokes he has trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing what he did yes­ter­day, parts of that day still stand out clearly in his mind even 65 years later.

“The next day, I know there was no snow on the ground, or at least very lit­tle.”

Monty, who had been work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer in North­brook, was 59 at the time of his death.

Wood said he and his fa­ther were very close, spend­ing many a Sun­day tak­ing fam­ily drives and spend­ing even more time on the wa­ter dur­ing fa­ther and son fish­ing trips.

“Those fish­ing trips were some­thing I’ll prob­a­bly never for­get,” said Wood.

It’s a pas­sion that’s stayed with Wood his en­tire life, spend­ing count­less hours with a rod in his hands. For a time he even wrote a fish­ing col­umn for The Tren­to­nian.

“Once fish­ing sea­son starts I’m usu­ally the first one to fall in,” he laughed.

Sev­eral weeks ago Wood re­ceived an­other un­ex­pected call about his fa­ther, but this time the news was much more pleas­ant.

Wood learned his fa­ther’s name would be added to The On­tario Po­lice Me­mo­rial at Queen’s Park dur­ing the me­mo­rial’s 18th An­nual Cer­e­mony of Re­mem­brance on May 7 in Toronto.

“Af­ter 65 years, his name will be placed on the wall of the of­fi­cers who... were killed dur­ing ser­vice,” said Wood..

“It was the big­gest sur­prise of my life. It’s some­thing that I never in my wildest dreams ever thought would hap­pen.”

Since its first ded­i­ca­tion in 2000 the me­mo­rial has hon­oured po­lice of­fi­cers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

A pic­ture of Monty will also be hung on the wall at the Kal­adar OPP de­tach­ment head­quar­ters.

“I’m so grate­ful, and so proud of daddy.”

TIM MILLER/THE INTELLIGENCER

Tom Wood holds up a pic­ture of his fa­ther, A. M. “Monty” Wood, who was killed in the line of duty 65 years ago. Wood's fa­ther will have his name added to the On­tario Po­lice Me­mo­rial at Queen's Park in May.

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