Pro­cess­sion to re­mem­ber the life of a true hero

POLICE OF­FI­CER SHOT DOWN IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Sunday Sun - - News - By Sonia Sharma sonia.sharma@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

Reporter A spe­cial pro­ces­sion will be held to­day to cel­e­brate the life of a hero police of­fi­cer who died in the line of duty.

For­mer Northum­bria Police of­fi­cer John David­son was shot when he re­sponded to an incident at a shop­ping cen­tre car park in Ab­bots­ford, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, ear­lier this month.

There had been re­ports of a pos­si­ble stolen ve­hi­cle and gun­fire in the area.

The 53-year-old of­fi­cer, who worked for Northum­bria Police for 12 years and moved to Canada in 2006, was the first on the scene and was in­jured. He was taken to hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter ar­rival.

The death of the dad-of-three has left the people of Ab­bots­ford in shock and the city has been in mourn­ing since he was killed. Hun­dreds of friends, col­leagues and other mem­bers of the pub­lic have paid trib­ute to the ded­i­cated of­fi­cer, who has been described as “the com­mu­nity’s hero”.

Now a pub­lic event, with full police hon­ours, is be­ing or­gan­ised in hon­our of Cons David­son.

The Ab­bots­ford Police Depart­ment has re­leased de­tails of a pro­ces­sion and ser­vice to be held to­day.

The cer­e­mony will in­clude a pa­rade of uni­formed law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, start­ing at mid­day lo­cal time, fol­lowed by a funeral ser­vice at the Ab­bots­ford Cen­tre.

Mean­while, flo­ral trib­utes are be­ing left out­side the Ab­bots­ford police sta­tion and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for his fam­ily.

Many more have been leav­ing mes­sages on so­cial me­dia.

Lisa Leuke­feld wrote on Face­book: “My dad and brother are re­tired APD of­fi­cers...ev­ery­day that they went to work, this was my big­gest fear. Const David­son gave the big­gest sac­ri­fice while pro­tect­ing our city and I will be forever thank­ful but also heart­bro­ken. APD will always be fam­ily to me. I con­tinue to pray for his fam­ily, friends and the police force.”

Michelle Mail­hiot said: “My deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily, friends and the APD. RIP Con­sta­ble John David­son. You are a hero! My thoughts are with you all during this dif­fi­cult time.”

And Karen Wiens added: “Thank you for serv­ing us all. Thoughts and prayers to your fam­ily, friends and all first re­spon­ders.” Flo­ral trib­utes out­side Ab­bots­ford Police Depart­ment.

THE AB­BOTS­FORD NEWS

For­mer Northum­bria Police of­fi­cer John David­son, who has died in the line of duty in Canada

AB­BOTS­FORD POLICE DEPART­MENT

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