B.C. Police Memorial Committee

The B.C. Police Memorial Committee was formed in September 2000. The committee is comprised of serving and retired police officers as well as family members of the officers killed in-the-line-of-duty.

The B.C. Police Memorial Committee is a sub-committee of the Vancouver Police Mutual Benevolent Association a registered non-profit society.

The goals of the committee are twofold: education and awareness. To educate the serving members of Police Departments as well as the public about the ultimate sacrifice these heroes made. Awareness, by reminding the police officers of the dangers they face every day—to always be on guard and thereby prevent another killed in-the-line-of-duty death.

The committee would like to thank all sponsors for their support, including Vancouver Police Department Foundation for the financial support provided to begin the project, and all the friends and family members who provided the missing stories and photographs, needed to complete this special project.

If you have any comments, please e-mail fallenofficers@vancouverpolicemuseum.ca.


Comments

When launched, the following comments were received about the VPD Memorial: Saluting the Heroes website:

On Monday, June 18th, 2001 at 15:40 hours,
Paul Patterson wrote:
Good luck on your worthwhile project of establishing a permanent memorial.
Organization: Retired

On Friday, May 18th, 2001 at 16:04 hours,
Eric Cooper wrote:
fascinating to read the history of those who were responsible for our welfare, whether in war or peace. Their history should be recorded for posterity and in gratitude, remembered.
Organization: retired surgeon
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On Wednesday, May 2nd, 2001 at 12:39 hours,
Robert and Mary Carolan wrote:
Congratulations to Sgt.Steve Gibson and Const.Tod Catchpole for an excellent website saluting the "fallen heroes." We here in Newport Beach, Ca. also have our heroes lost in the line of duty. But let us NEVER forget that all law enforcement officers are our heroes.
Organization: Retired
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On Monday, April 30th, 2001 at 17:10 hours,
Mike Donaldson wrote:
Well done and a tribute to the men and women of your police department...
Organization: None

On Tuesday, April 17th, 2001 at 00:09 hours,
Frank McKERRY wrote:
It is an honor to sign this guest book for such a great group of people that we so often take for granted - you have a great site and CONGRATULATIONS - keep up the good work - this is an excellent tribute to your fallen comrades.
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On Friday, April 13th, 2001 at 21:27 hours,
Cst Daniel O'Donovan wrote:
Steve and Tod, I first went through this moving web site just after it was finished. I will take the time now to comment on its significance and importance. As a member of our Department's Ceremonial Unit I have the distinct honour to attend annual Police Memorial functions and Funerals for fallen comrades. While those events flourish for a short period of time, those memories fade as time slips by, this site serves as a continuous reminder of an ultinate sacrifice. Each day we leave our homes for work we agree to a difficult task, most times we non chalantly close the door behind us not thinking it could be the last time we ever do it. Those members honoured here on this site and all other members who have died serving the citizens of their communities walked out their door and closed it for the last time. This site recognizes that closing of the door and properly holds a place for them in history and in the hearts and minds of their families and the rest of their community in which they served.
Organization: Vancouver Police Ceremonial Unit
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On Friday, April 6th, 2001 at 16:46 hours,
Don Sherriff wrote:
Great effort Sgt. gibson and Const. Tod Catchpole, you have helped tremendously in keeping their memories alive. Such sad memories one has of the Vancouver police Force. Keep up the good work, as I know your efforts are much appreciated by all. Thank you, I remain.
Don Sherriff
drs@istar.ca
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z 1Y2

Organization: Citizen of Ontario
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On Sunday, April 1st, 2001 at 16:43 hours,
William John Snowdon wrote:
very interesting material. well done.
Organization: Chief Constable (ret.) Victoria Police Department
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On Sunday, April 1st, 2001 at 09:54 hours,
John Kidd wrote:
Former Metro Toronto, Vancouver PD and Barrie, Ont. It was great to see this page and good luck in expanding it Canada wide. I worked with Larry Young before I left Vancouver in 1985, a great guy and a good copper. One of the things I taught at Ontario Police College was Officer Safety and we used the circumstances of the deaths of a number of Ontario officers as examples in order to reinforce our training and in a way make their deaths more meaningful. I have attended the Canadian Police Memorial Service in Ottawa on several occasions with a friend from Ottawa who was shot four times on the job. It is the least we can do for our fallen comrades. There are seven people on the memorial plaque that I knew personally either having worked with them or trained them at the Ontario Police College so the policing community is very small especially if one has moved from force to force and province to province as I did during my career. Good Luck in expanding your page and it is nice to see all these people memorialized as you have done and the history of the various incidents is also of great interest to me.
John Kidd

Organization: Kidd Realty Ltd.
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On Friday, March 30th, 2001 at 12:46 hours,
Det. John Burchill wrote:
Nice layout. I also invite you to visit the Winnipeg Police Web page and under History/Museum you can find stories on all the police officers who died in the line of duty in the metro Winnipeg area since 1880 (including one jail guard who was a former municipal police officer) and 2 other provincial police officers killed outside of Winnipeg. RCMP members not included at this time.
Organization: Winnipeg Police Service
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On Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 at 17:18 hours,
Roger COULTER wrote:
Excellent. I served with Royal Ulster Constabulary in N. Ireland for 15 Years -1963-1978. I know only too well the pain of murdered comrades.
Organization: Peel Regional Police, Ontario
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On Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 at 14:40 hours,
Tracey D wrote:
I think this is a beautiful tribute to all the officers killed. I look forward to seeing the site when it is expanded to the rest of BC and Canada.
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On Wednesday, March 21st, 2001 at 19:02 hours,
Brian Green wrote:
Very Impressive!!!
Organization: VPD
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On Wednesday, March 21st, 2001 at 08:59 hours,
Steve Taylor wrote:
You have an excellent site. A true tribute to your fallen Heroes. Great work on a difficult subject.
Steve Taylor
ODMP Canada

Organization: Officer Down Memorial Page - Canada
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On Monday, March 19th, 2001 at 11:13 hours,
John S. Eversoll wrote:
WELL DONE!! I WILL CERTAINLY FORWARD THIS ONE TO ALL THOSE IN MY ADDRESS BOOK SOON. OUR NATIONAL POLCE WEEK IS 13 - 19 MAY 2001.
Organization: IPA Region 24, Seattle, Wash.
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On Thursday, March 15th, 2001 at 19:07 hours,
Tony Camley wrote:
A "TIP OF THE HELMET" to you for creating this excellent website to commemorate those who have passed. I had the opportunity to work side by side with many VPD members over my career as a Firefighter - at fires, inhalator calls or requests for ladders etc. To those of you who are still working and those who have retired - Thanks for your chosen profession. Tony Camley, Vancouver Fire Dept. (retired)
Organization: Retired VFD
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On Thursday, March 15th, 2001 at 11:47 hours,
Bob Gentile wrote:
This is an excellent site and it is immediately evident that a lot of effort was put into it. Tod and Steve, you are to be congratulated and thank you.
Organization: Retired VPD
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On Monday, March 12th, 2001 at 17:35 hours,
Mandy Dhillon & Jiven Rai wrote:
Todd, we thought you did a great job on this website, we didn't think you were capable of such high academic standards, (j/j) Great site.
Organization: VPD Volunteers
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On Monday, March 12th, 2001 at 14:47 hours,
Eric R. HALLAM wrote:
The V.C.P. Dept. through the efforts of Sgt. GIBSON and Cst Catchpole are to be complemented for the excellent job that has been done on this web page. I know from experience that most people are not interested in history and if these items are not saved to record they will be lost forever. We in the B.C.P.P.Vets Assn. are finding this out now that 50 years have elapsed since the change over to the R.C.M.P on 15 August 1950. And as a result 92 years of early B.C. History has disappeared with the demise of the oldest territorial police force in North America.
Organization: B.C.Provincial Police Veterans Association

On Monday, March 12th, 2001 at 06:35 hours,
Cindy Bisson wrote:
Congratulations Tod and Steve for a job well done. Your efforts to preserve the memory of those fallen are to be commended.
Organization: CTV
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On Sunday, March 11th, 2001 at 14:25 hours,
James MacDonald wrote:
I very much enjoyed your site. It is important that we remember those who have given so much to us.

On Thursday, March 8th, 2001 at 11:17 hours,
John Crawford wrote:
I served in the Scottish Police for over 28 years. Recently retired from the best job in the world. I congratulate you on a very moving and worthwhile web site. We are fortunate in Scotland that we do not have the amount of guns that seem to prevail in North America. The freedom to have those guns comes with a price - that price is more police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a terrible price to pay. My thoughts are with all of those who grieve for their lost husbands, sons, brothers and fathers. May their memory live on.
Organization: Recently retired Scottish Police officer
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On Wednesday, March 7th, 2001 at 11:33 hours,
Dr. Joseph H. Cohen, C.M.,CStJ, O.B.C., LL.D. wrote:
Congratulations of a job well done. Remembering our fallen brothers is so important. These men of character gave their lives to protect the quality of life that we enjoy in our country today!
Organization: Sony of Canada Ltd.
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On Wednesday, March 7th, 2001 at 10:31 hours,
Jean Robinson (Cousins) wrote:
I used to baby sit Gordon Sinclair's children and he and his wife were good friends of my Parents, Walt and Floss Cousins. His loss was felt by many.
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On Wednesday, March 7th, 2001 at 09:53 hours,
Lou Lalonde wrote:
Congratulations on a job well done. It's an honor to recognize these brave people. I am an Ex-RCMP.
Organization: Celgar Pulp Company
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On Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 at 19:30 hours,
Don and Doreen Catchpole wrote:
Tod and Steve - you have to be commended for your constant effort to accomplish your goals which we are proud to say you met. Great job guys - you have been rewarded! Luv Mum
Organization: Mum and Dad
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On Tuesday, March 6th, 2001 at 11:59 hours,
Steve Hall wrote:
This site is excellent! The black & white format makes this site a moving tribute to the officers. It has inspired me to consider doing one for Correctional staff who have been killed in the line of duty.
Organization: Correctional Service of Canada - Kent Institution
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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 17:56 hours,
Lt R. C. ROCHON wrote:
very nicely done. remeber your training, trust your instincts and always stay safe.
Organization: Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 17:49 hours,
Robert Rensing wrote:
I would like to pay my respects to those who died in the line of duty.
Their gift is truly the gift of life to all of us.
I am grateful also to those who are allowed to continue to serve. I appreciate how difficult their duty must sometimes be and I am grateful that there are those among us who are willing to do those sometimes thankless tasks.
Robert Rensing, Duncan, B.C.

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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 17:23 hours,
John Donald Redmond wrote:
This is a very moving and very dignified memorial. Excellent work. I'm also glad you have a page on those officers who lost their lives in the wars. Thank you.
Organization: Kwantlen University College and Granville Island CPC
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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 17:09 hours,
mr. & mrs. n.wheeler vancouver wrote:
well done

On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 14:22 hours,
Erika wrote:
It's good to see the recognition of fallen officers. I read about this site in the newspaper, congradulations and thank-you to the people who worked so hard to develope this site.

On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 14:01 hours,
Ron Hamilton wrote:
As a former member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary I wish to congratulate you on your site, It brings back memories of lost friends and comrades. Well Done!
Organization: EX-Royal Ulster Constabulary
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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 10:10 hours,
Mike Windle wrote:
Just opened site. Congratulations. Will be going through it fully.
Organization: VPD ( Ret.)
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On Monday, March 5th, 2001 at 07:02 hours,
Doug wrote:
Steve, Outstanding! All I have had time to get into so far, Constable Robert McBeath V.C., certainly struck a chord. Not just a note, a chord.
I was a five year old kid in Burnaby when Boyes and Ledingham were killed. I don't remember a lot anymore, but I recall the fear I had that bad people who killed policemen were out there. How could any of us be safe!
When I manage to get Christmas lights around my house, I've been leaving one blue bulb among the maroon ones. When I'm stopped in a roadblock, I turn on my interior lights because you guys can't see into my car. When I am told I can drive on, "Thanks for being here." I have covered more of the site. Very poignant

Congratulations.

On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 16:12 hours,
Michael Dawson wrote:
What a great site.
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 16:07 hours,
Kelly wrote:
Thank you!
A very touching tribute and honourarium to all those officers that have laid down their lives in the line of duty, trying to protect and keep the society, in which we live, relatively safe. Safe from those that have forgotten their own humaness, who not only do society a GREAT injustice with their evil deeds but also themselves! Forgetting that we are all brothers and sisters really! Members of one another! It is sad! It is truely sad!!!
God bless those who put their lives on the line to protect what is right and what makes way for peace, (God knows we need a LOT MORE of that in the world!)
And God bless all the wives, children and families of those that have lost or ever will!
Thank you for YOUR sacrifice. It will not go un-noticed!
Sincerely, Kelly.

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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 14:55 hours,
Steve Greenwood wrote:
Excellant page. Keep up the good work. Ive visited the Police museum in Vancouver and found it to be very intesting
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 14:50 hours,
Shannon Hirst wrote:
You have both put alot of work into this web page. Congrats a job well done!!!!
Organization: Provincial Corrections-B.C.
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 09:29 hours,
Dan Peebles wrote:
I read the article in the Sun some time ago and in the March 3rd edition. Congratulations on an excellent job of police work and in honouring those who served and paid the ultimate price.
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 08:53 hours,
Ron Halifax wrote:
Great Memorial!! Thank You
Organization: Vancouver Superannuated Police Officers Association
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 08:14 hours,
Laura Nikki Irving wrote:
EXCELLENT
Organization: Everett Police Dept.
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 08:08 hours,
David Krows wrote:
Very honorable tribute for some very honorable people
Organization: Port Of Seattle Police (retired)
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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 06:59 hours,
Art Haveman wrote:
Steve & Tod
Congratulations on an excellent job. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Art

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On Sunday, March 4th, 2001 at 02:41 hours,
Erin Catchpole wrote:
Good work Dad (constable Tod Catchpole)and Steve.
I think it is a exellent web page and I can see that you put a lot of effort into it. It was a great idea. I am sure that everyone here in South Africa will hear about this web page!!
Love Erin

Organization: Daughter
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On Saturday, March 3rd, 2001 at 22:00 hours,
The Executive wrote:
Steve and Tod,
We could not be more proud of you both. Your efforts and hard work in creating this historic site are appreciated by all the members of the PMBA as well as everyone else in our police family.
You both have made sure that the memory of the fallen will stay with us forever.
A job well done.
The Executive of the PMBA

Organization: Police Mutual Benevolent Association
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On Saturday, March 3rd, 2001 at 20:56 hours,
John Fenimore wrote:
Steve and Tod,
Great idea and an excellent web site. The Department and the families of the fallen officers must be proud of you. Reach around and pat yourself on the back. Good luck with your future project of a permanent monument.
John

Organization: VPD
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