The RCMP’s Honour Roll reads “For the trumpet shall sound”. This morning, two fallen officers were honoured through trumpets and bagpipes.
The RCMP’s Training Academy held its National Memorial Service for two fallen officers: Constables George Ronald Hawkins and David Matthew Wynn.
Hawkins died from a brain inflammation in 1968 caused by a disease from a tick. Wynn died when he was shot by a suspect in an Edmonton casino in January.
Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver commended Wynn for his service: “From my perspective, not only as a member of the RCMP, but as a Canadian, that’s the type of people I want protecting me.”
The Wynn family describes him as a “prankster, teaser, joker, kind, dependable and a likeable guy.”
The RCMP’s cenotaph lists 236 fallen officers and dates back to the North-West Mounted Police’s creation in 1873.
“We have many members who are buried at this cemetery here on base who were brought back,” said Sergeant Pharanae Jaques.
“They began their careers at the home of the RCMP and they were brought home to rest.”
Attendees at the service included Wynn’s family, colleagues, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Vaughn Solomon Schofield, plus members of the US Border Patrol and Montana Highway Patrol.