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[TPS] – 9-1-1 poster and video campaign winners announced‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

9-1-1 poster and video campaign winners announced

Monday, December 10, 2012 – 6:30 PM
Communications Services

Over 2,000,000 calls, both 9-1-1 and non-emergency 416-808-2222 calls, were placed to the Communications Call Centre in Toronto in 2011. That is a 7% increase in call volume since 2010. Of the over 2,000,000 calls made, 227,000 were placed to 9-1-1 directly. Read the rest of this entry »

[TPS] – Operation: Keep It Moving Toronto initiative Zero tolerance for vehicles parked in no stopping zones‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Operation: Keep It Moving Toronto initiative Zero tolerance for vehicles parked in no stopping zones

Monday, September 17, 2012 – 1:30 PM
52 Division

This truck was towed at 8:45 a.m. from University Avenue south of Dundas Street West in a no stopping zone. The expense for this particular truck amounted to a $600 drop fee + HST in addition to a $60 parking ticket.

Due to positive and effective results, “Operation: Keep It Moving Toronto” will be an ongoing initiative in the downtown core. Read the rest of this entry »

[TPS] – Media advisory, Sunday, May 1, 2011, 10 a.m., Grosvenor St./Queen’s Park Crescent, Ontario Police Memorial Foundation, Ceremony of Remembrance‏

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Memorial for Constable Ryan and Other Officers – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Sunday, May 1, 2011, 10 a.m., Grosvenor St./Queen’s Park Crescent, Ontario Police Memorial Foundation, Ceremony of Remembrance

Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:11 PM
Corporate Communications

On Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 10 a.m., at Grosvenor St./Queen’s Park Crescent, the 12th annual Ceremony of Remembrance for Ontario’s fallen police officers will take place.

All 248 names will be read aloud, beginning at 10 a.m., by two officers representing the latest graduating class from the Ontario Police College.

Police pipe bands will lead officers from across Ontario and the United States in their march around Queen’s Park, arriving at the Memorial shortly before 11 a.m., for the official start of the Ceremony of Remembrance.

The official party in attendance will be the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services; and the families of the fallen officers.

Seven names have been added this year to the Wall of Honour:

Toronto Police Sergeant Ryan Russell, 2011,
Elgin County Constable Harry Fordham, 1942,
Canadian National Railway Constable Robert Mahlig, 1937,
Toronto Police Constable Edward Knox, 1935,
East York Township Police Chief Thomas McCann, 1934,
Port Arthur Police Chief Angus Joseph McLellan, 1920,
Kingston Police Sergeant Samuel James Arniel, 1919,

The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation (OPMF), host of the annual Memorial Service, continues with its research, to fulfill its goal of ensuring that every fallen officer from Ontario will not be forgotten.

The architectural illumination of the CN Tower will be done in blue light on Sunday, May 1, 2011, to honour police officers in the Ontario who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Ontario Police Memorial Foundation will be streaming live on Facebook and Twitter throughout the Ceremony.

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Police will update the public on throughout the ceremony.

Contacts: Jim Christie, President, OPMF, at 705-527-3463 or Constable Tony Vella, Toronto Police Service, Corporate Communication, at 416-808-7094.


Sergeant Ryan Russell, Toronto Police, January 12, 2011:

Sergeant Ryan Russell was attempting to stop the driver of a stolen heavy-duty pickup truck equipped with a snow plow. It is alleged that the driver had commandeered the vehicle earlier that morning and, for nearly two hours, careened his way through downtown Toronto streets, hitting buildings and striking several cars. Sergeant Russell had exited his police cruiser and was standing on the roadway when the driver ran him down. He was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Sergeant Russell, an 11-year veteran with the Toronto Police Service, was 35, and married with one child.

County Constable Harry Fordham, Elgin County, February 2, 1942:

County Constable Harry Fordham was returning after attending a house fire in the Village of Fingal, Elgin County. He was walking east on the sidewalk along Talbot Road, which is two blocks west of the main intersection in the village. A speeding westbound car lost control after sideswiping an eastbound car on the icy roadway, jumping the ditch, striking and snapped off a telephone pole, then struck the officer, throwing him 25 feet across a lawn. The car came to rest wrapped around a tree. Constable Fordham suffered a broken leg, arm, and internal injuries and died later in Memorial Hospital in St. Thomas.

Born in Yorkshire, England, he was 61, married with four children. Harry and his brother were “British Home Children,” arriving in Canada in the late-1800s. (2010 was the year of the British Home Child in Canada).

Constable Robert Mahlig, Canadian National Railway, January 6, 1937:

Constable Robert “Bob” Mahlig was working in the late evening at Union Station in downtown Ottawa. He was attempting to evict loiterers from the station and was physically escorting one man to the exit when the man punched Constable Mahlig to the side of the head, striking him just below the ear. Witnesses said he dropped to the floor, motionless. Constable Mahlig was pronounced dead at the station. His death was caused by a skull fracture in the area of the head where he was punched.

Constable Mahlig was 51 and had worked with the CNR police for approximately 17 years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was married with three children.

Constable Edward Knox, Toronto Police Service, May 10, 1935:

Constable Edward Knox was assigned to plainclothes duty out of the Claremont Station. He was patrolling the warehouse area, along with the western gap of Toronto harbour, on a night which was blanketed in thick dense fog. During his patrol, he missed a curve in the road along Fleet Street, driving the car over the sea wall. The car was found after daybreak, hung up on the railing, dangling over the water, with the driver’s door hanging open. Constable Knox was pulled from the water one hour after the search began.

Constable Knox was with the police department for 22 years. Born in Ireland he was 43 and single.

Chief Thomas McCann, East York Township, November 15, 1934:

Chief Thomas McCann was driving back to the station one evening when he was involved in an accident. He suffered serious internal injuries, having been thrown against the dash of the vehicle. Chief McCann never returned to duty.

After a lengthy stay in a hospital, he was released to convalesce at home. His condition was not improving and he was returned to the hospital on November 8. On November 15, he died from the complications of his injuries.

Chief McCann was the first Chief of East York Township Police. He was 63, married with 10 children.

Chief Angus Joseph McLellan, Port Arthur, May 18, 1920:

Apparently, in perfect health, Chief Angus McLellan was attending to his duties in the police station on a Saturday afternoon. At around 5 p.m., he complained he was not feeling well and was driven home and put to bed. Sunday afternoon, he sank into unconsciousness, from which he never recovered. It was found, through a post-mortem examination, that an old head injury was responsible for Chief McLellan’s death. Seven years earlier, while attempting to quell a riot during a strike at the Port Arthur coal docks, he was struck on the head with a club. He suffered for years from this injury, which ultimately took his life.

Born in Scotland, he was 44 and single. He was a member of Port Arthur Police for 17 years.

Sergeant Samuel James Arniel, Kingston Police, 19 April 1919:

Sergeant Samuel Arniel, a 20-year veteran with Kingston Police, was escorting an arrested drunken man to the police station. While walking, the prisoner attempted to break free and make his escape. During the course of maintaining control of his prisoner, Sergeant Arniel and the prisoner fell to the ground. It was first thought that Sergeant Arniel had stuck his head on the ground as he laid there, with the prisoner on top of him. The call for help was made to the police station, resulting in Chief Robert Nesbitt responding to his Sergeant’s aid. Sergeant Arniel was pronounced died at the scene. A post-mortem revealed he had suffered a massive heart attack during the struggle.

Born in Kingston Ontario, he was 55 and married with two children.

Facts – Ontario Police Memorial

The Memorial is located in a small park adjacent to the Ontario Legislature, at the corner of Grosvenor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent.

The Memorial was built from a grant provided by the Ontario Government. The Official dedication Service was on May 7, 2000.

The Memorial consists of two bronze statues, (approximate 2.5 m), depicting a male officer in duty dress circa 1950-1990 and a woman officer in modern duty dress.

The statues are mounted atop a large granite pedestal base (weighing 30,000 lbs). At the feet of the statues are eight cascading granite walls. The four walls on either side of the main pedestal form a horseshoe shape. The names of all known fallen officers are inscribed on these walls, the Wall of Honour.

Toronto-based artist Mr. Siggy Puchta is the sculptor of the bronze statues. He has many awards and accomplishments. (1986 he designed the trophy depicting the Calgary Saddledome for the Calgary Cup Games (pre-Olympic games). In 1991, he was commissioned to create seven large Canada Geese for the Blue Water Bridge Authority in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1994, he designed the Marilyn Bell award sculpture.

The criteria to add a police officer’s name on the Wall of Honour:

The deceased member must have been a sworn member of a police service.

The death must have occurred as a result of a traumatic event influenced by an external agent.

The deceased member must have been on duty at the time of death, or if off-duty, acting in the capacity of a police officer, or the circumstances leading to the death must have been brought about because of the deceased’s official status.

The deceased must have acted in good faith in doing everything that could reasonably have been expected.

Notwithstanding all of the above, the Committee may consider any set of circumstances which lead to a death of a member of a police service.

A total of 248 officers from Ontario police services are named on the Wall of Honour

The Ontario Provincial Police have 86 officers named, and the Toronto Police Service has 39 officers named on the Wall of Honour.

The Ontario Police Memorial Pin:

This pewter pin replicates the Memorial’s Wall of Honour, which contains the names of all fallen officers who have died in the service of the people of Ontario.

The pin depicts a trillium placed within a badge. The badge is the symbol, which represents the authority of all police officers, and the trillium is the official flower of Ontario. Combined together, they represent the police officers of Ontario.

The words, “HEROES IN LIFE NOT DEATH” are on the Memorial’s main pedestal and on the Memorial Pin.

On August 12, 1998, Waterloo Regional Police Constable David Nicholson lost his life while trying to recover the body of a child who drowned in the Grand River, at the Parkhill Dam in Cambridge, Ontario.

In expressing their appreciation and gratitude to family and friends, Mrs. Wendy Nicholson and sons, Mitch, Reid, and Josh, stated in part, “….Dave’s death has been painful and devastating. He was our hero in life, not death. Our memories of him are rich and immeasurable, filling our hearts with both deep joy and profound pain.”

Wendy Nicholson’s words are the inspiration for this inscription.

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the Commissioner of the OPP have endorsed the wearing of this pin on an officer’s uniform. Police officers, both active and retired, are asked and encouraged to wear the pin.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications

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