Half-mast flags a reminder to thank the police

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Flags are seen flying at half-mast in front of city hall this week in honour of the three RCMP officers who were killed in Moncton, NB. 

The tragic deaths of three RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., this week could have happened anywhere, Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne said on Friday.

 

This, he explained, is why it was important for him to issue a directive on Friday morning that all municipal flags fly at half-mast until sunset of the last day of the officers’ funeral.

“It’s just to highlight and to bring forth to the general public the dangers of policing,” Dionne said.

“When they always kiss their (spouse) good bye every day before they go to work and hope to see them when they come home is a true statement, because you never know who’s out there, and Moncton is a good example of that.”

The men and women who serve with the Prince Albert Police Service and area RCMP face countless dangers and difficult scenes, Dionne said, citing the “atrocious assault” of Marlene Darlene Bird on Sunday as a recent example.

“That does affect them,” Dionne said, noting that it’s easy to understand why they have counsellors and elders available to them at all times.

“You always hear the comment that ‘you’ll see them at the donut shop,’ and sometimes I’ll even plug them for that,” Dionne said.

When they always kiss their (spouse) good bye every day before they go to work and hope to see them when they come home is a true statement, because you never know who’s out there, and Moncton is a good example of that. Greg Dionne

“But at the end of the day, every time they get into their car and pull into work they have a chance of being injured.”

When people see the flags flying at half-mast, Dionne said that he wants people to consider the difficult situations that police officers face in their continued effort to keep the public safe.

“Sometimes tragedy brings us closer together, so I hope as a community that when we see our men and women of law enforcement, now, we say ‘thank you for doing your job.’”

Killed in Moncton, N.B., this week was David Ross, a 32-year-old dog handler from Victoriaville, Que., who was expecting his second child with his wife in a few months.

Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from France and Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint. John, NB, were also killed.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder for Wednesday’s Moncton shootings.

Organizations: Prince Albert Police Service, RCMP

Geographic location: Moncton, Victoriaville, France

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