“They are our heroes. We shall not forget them” was a statement repeated several times throughout 11th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial on Sunday. The event took place at the Memorial Monument Site outside the Confederation Building.
RNC officers on horseback lead a parade through the Confederation Building parking lot on Sunday in honour of police and peace officers who died in the line of duty. Two persons — Inspector Frederick Francis Harris and fish and wildlife enforcement officer Howard J. Lavers — were added to the memorial monument. — Photos by Josh Pennell/The Telegram
Two names were added to the 20 already on the memorial, which honours police and peace officers who have died in the line of duty.
Insp. Frederick Francis Harris, who died in 1967 but was not previously honoured, was one of the names put on the memorial. Harris was travelling from St. John’s to the Burin Peninsula on July 3, 1967. He was involved in an accident in which his vehicle went off the highway and overturned. Harris was pinned underneath it and died.
Also honoured was Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officer Howard J. Lavers who died this year. Lavers’ snowmobile broke through the ice when he was on a patrol South of Hawke’s Bay. His body was discovered by RCMP divers the next day.
A crowd of 50 or so people turned out for the event, as well as many officers in uniform. The ceremony included a laying of wreaths and was followed by a parade around the Confederation Building parking lot in honour of those who died on duty.