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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‚Äô funeral.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just to highlight and to bring forth to the general public the dangers of policing,‚ÄĚ Dionne said.
‚ÄúWhen 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‚Äôs out there, and Moncton is a good example of that.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚Äúatrocious assault‚ÄĚ of Marlene Darlene Bird on Sunday as a recent example.
‚ÄúThat does affect them,‚ÄĚ Dionne said, noting that it‚Äôs easy to understand why they have counsellors and elders available to them at all times.
‚ÄúYou always hear the comment that ‚Äėyou‚Äôll see them at the donut shop,‚Äô and sometimes I‚Äôll even plug them for that,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs out there, and Moncton is a good example of that. Greg Dionne
‚ÄúBut at the end of the day, every time they get into their car and pull into work they have a chance of being injured.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúSometimes 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 ‚Äėthank you for doing your job.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôs Moncton shootings.