Fallen of­fi­cer John David­son hon­oured with plaque on an­niver­sary of fa­tal shoot­ing

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Ab­bots­ford: A plaque has been un­veiled by po­lice in Ab­bots­ford, in hon­our of a con­sta­ble who was shot to death in the line of duty a year ago.

Const. John David­son’s col­leagues held a pri­vate ser­vice Tues­day to re­mem­ber him and added the plaque to the Wall of He­roes at a square out­side their de­part­ment, where the plaque of an­other of­fi­cer is also placed.

David­son was killed when he and other of­fi­cers con­fronted a sus­pect af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call about a stolen truck. Chief Const. Mike Serr told the ser­vice 53-yearold David­son made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity but no one should walk past the plaque with sad­ness.

David­son had a strong im­pact on the peo­ple he served, es­pe­cially youth, Serr said in his writ­ten speech, pro­vided by the de­part­ment.

He said one email David­son’s fam­ily re­ceived af­ter his death showed how much he cared. It was from a man who shared that when he got into some trou­ble as a teenager, David­son showed up at his high school and sup­ported him when ev­ery other adult in­clud­ing his par­ents and prin­ci­pal turned their backs on him.

“David­son be­ing David­son sim­ply told me, ‘Hey man, look. I don’t want to get you into more trou­ble than you al­ready are but you need to tell me what hap­pened.’ That’s ex­actly what I did.” “I will never for­get that day in my life,” the man said in the email. Serr also noted the words of a lo­cal high school prin­ci­pal, who said David­son knew how to con­nect with peo­ple.

“He never talked down to stu­dents. Rather, he pro­vided no-non­sense ad­vice and al­ways ex­tended a sin­cere and gen­uine re­spect and un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges youth face.” David­son was re­mem­bered for be­ing a mem­ber of Cops for Can­cer the year he died, rid­ing his bike to raise money for child­hood can­cer and sup­port­ing fam­i­lies. He was an of­fi­cer for 24 years af­ter start­ing his ca­reer in the United King­dom and had spent 11 years with the Ab­bots­ford Po­lice De­part­ment, east of Van­cou­ver. An Al­berta man charged with first-de­gree mur­der is ex­pected to go to trial in Jan­uary.

John David­son

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