Of­fi­cers’ fam­i­lies pay trib­ute

Times Colonist - - Fredericton Shootings -

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.

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