Fredericton Police Force to join the Waterloo Regional Police Service for annual Ride to Remember

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Waterloo Region, Ontario – Members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service will welcome members of the Fredericton Police Force this week as they prepare to take part in the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Ride to Remember.

The Fredericton Police Force members will arrive at WRPS headquarters on September 24, 2019, for a meet-and-greet before setting off for Ottawa.

The two police services came together through mutual friends and decided to ride and run in solidarity to remember WRPS Constable Dave Nicholson and Fredericton Police Force Constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello.

Constable Dave Nicholson died in the line of duty while attempting to rescue Mark Gage from the Parkhill Dam on August 12, 1998.

Constable Sara Burns and Constable Robb Costello died in the line of duty after being shot while responding to a call on August 10, 2018.

“We are honoured to welcome members of the Fredericton Police Force to Waterloo Region,” said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police for the Waterloo Regional Police Service. “We are equally honoured to participate in the Ride to Remember and to stand together with our colleagues from Fredericton, and throughout the Country, as we pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Steve Burns, the husband of Sara Burns, will be among those arriving in Waterloo Region this week. He attended the Ride to Remember ceremony for the first time last year, in honour of his wife.

“It hit me then, the significance of what this is,” he said. “I was overcome with pride and emotion. Everyone supports each other and they do this as part of their own healing process.”

Members of the Fredericton Police Force are expected to arrive at police headquarters on Maple Grove Road at approximately 11 a.m. They will depart for Ottawa, arriving on Sunday, September 29, 2019, for the ceremony.

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Cherri Greeno

Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Information

Executive Branch

Waterloo Regional Police Service

519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8773

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