Of­fi­cer slain in 1918 re­mem­bered

Frank Beev­ers’ grave is un­marked no more; gets prom­i­nent gran­ite head­stone

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took a cen­tury, but Ed­mon­to­ni­ans can once again find and pay their re­spects at the now marked gravesite of Ed­mon­ton’s first po­lice of­fi­cer killed in the line of duty, Const. Frank Beev­ers.

An im­mi­grant from the U.K., Beev­ers was shot and killed in the fall of 1918 while try­ing to ap­pre­hend a man wanted for rob­bery and mur­der.

Two of­fi­cers dressed in 1918 era uni­forms un­veiled the gran­ite marker Thurs­day, with Beev­ers’ name, year of birth and death en­graved at the Ed­mon­ton Ceme­tery in the neigh­bour­hood of Queen Mary Park. Al­though it’s be­lieved his grave was ini­tially marked with a wooden cross, The un­veiled mon­u­ment for Con­sta­ble Frank Beev­ers.

po­lice be­lieve it de­te­ri­o­rated over time un­til his fi­nal rest­ing place was for­got­ten. For the long­est time, the con­sta­ble’s grave re­mained un­marked un­til a cu­ri­ous his­tory en­thu­si­ast went look­ing

for him.

Sheila Thomp­son spent a lot of her time at the city and pro­vin­cial archives, dig­ging for the his­tory of the city. Es­pe­cially those of fallen soldiers. “I thought they deIt served re­spect and I would like to visit all their graves,” she said.

In late 2016, she found Frank Beev­ers’ name on a plaque at Con­sta­ble Ezio Faraone Park.

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