Officers’ families pay tribute
FREDERICTON — The Fredericton Police Force issued statements on Saturday on behalf of the families of constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns, the police officers killed in Friday’s shooting. Here are excerpts from them:
Statement on behalf of the Burns family:
We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Const. Robb Costello, and the other victims who lost their lives. Our thanks go out to the Fredericton Police Force officers and all of the other first responders who answered the call and came to help. Sara absolutely loved her job, and went to work each shift committed to serving this great community. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Statement on behalf of Jackie Steeves and the Costello family:
Robb was the single most positive person I have ever met; and that was obvious to everyone who met him. He had a special way of dealing with people — fair, but strong and tough when needed. He was the only officer I’ve ever known to write a ticket and have the recipient thank him for it. Robb spent years working in a specialized unit that dealt with some tough investigations — which would faze most — but Robb was dedicated to helping others, and did the job with passion and the utmost professionalism, and always came home with a smile on his face.
Robb loved the unit work, but loved being on patrol even more. He was often heard to say he was a “CFL” — constable for life. He loved being able to de-escalate an escalating situation. I know he responded eagerly and willingly to that last call.
We shared a love of one another that I only believed existed in the movies, except this was real life and it really happened.