Two officers killed in line of duty honoured at B.C. police memorial

Const. John Davidson and Ian Jordan had their names added to list of fallen officers

Hundreds of first responders from across the province marched in honour of those whose lives were lost in the line of duty during the B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial Sunday in Victoria.

The 20th annual memorial service – a procession down Wharf Street to the B.C. legislature – was especially pertinent this year after two B.C. officers lost their lives.

Const. Ian Jordan of the Victoria Police Department, died in April from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while on the job in Sept. 1987. Jordan had been in a coma for more than 30 years.

RELATED: Manak calls Const. Ian Jordan fallen hero

Last November, Abbotsford Police Department Const. John Davidson was killed in a shootout at a shopping centre in the city. A a 24-year police veteran, Davidson was remembered for his commitment, both to the force and the community.

Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich addresses hundreds of police officers, first responders and the public on the steps of the B.C. legislature during the 20th annual B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial Sunday. (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)

Davidson developed drug awareness presentations for local schools when the fentanyl crisis first surfaced, and cycled 800 km in the Cops for Cancer fundraiser, said Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich.

“Today we honour him, not just for how he died, but how he lived,” Rich said. “John is my hero. John is my example for how to live a life worth living.”

RELATED: ‘An officer and a gentleman’: Const. John Davidson is laid to rest

Premier John Horgan addressed hundreds of officers from the Delta, Saanich, Vancouver and Victoria police departments, as well as RCMP and the Victoria and Esquimalt fire departments gathered in the rain, to thank each officer for their service, adding he was “deeply saddened” by Jordan’s death.

Officers from police departments across the province assembled at the B.C. legislature for the 20th Annual B.C. Law Enforcement Memorial Sunday. (Kristyn Anthony/News Staff)

“Most of us will never know what it’s like to walk in your shoes,” Horgan said. “What you have seen stays with you… sometimes for a lifetime. For that, we are also thankful.”

Rich commended Horgan’s government for the action the NDP has taken in implementing better support for first responders, particularly for mental health.

RELATED: B.C. first responders to get better mental health support

“Each name read today represents someone like us, who dedicated themselves to protecting others,” said Rich, who will begin his retirement tomorrow.

”You matter,” he said. “Stay physically fit. Invest in your mental health. If you get hurt at work, stop and get well.”

@kristyn_anthony

kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Signature

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Plane crashes into Nelson supermarket parking lot

Pilot and passenger have minor injuries

Trail invited to ‘Climb’

70,000-kilometre hiking challenge to support people living with dementia

Shady dealings invade B.C. rental market, online sales

Advisory from the Better Business Bureau

Adrian Dix: It’s time to renew the fight to stop the spread

We must recommit to using our COVID sense to keep us safe, stop the spread and save lives

Phase three presents new opportunities for Kootenay tourism

Message from MLA Michelle Mungall and MLA Katrine Conroy

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Leave your deets when dining: Restaurants taking personal info to trace COVID-19

Health officials say indoor dining presents a higher risk

Most Read