A terrible tragedy in Ottawa this morning...
While I realize that being a police officer comes with certain inherent risks, and, tragically, there are officers killed every day in the line of duty, this is the first time an Ottawa Police officer has been killed while on duty since 1983. This is a horrible tragedy to occur at any time, but to have such a random act of violence happen during the holiday season simply makes it that much worse.
As a person with great respect for our officers (I even applied to the OPP when I was younger, but while had sufficient intellectual aptitude I lack the necessary physical qualifications) I feel a great sense of loss today. This man dedicated his life to making my city safer, and was rewarded by being cruelly cut down with no chance to defend himself.
Appreciate your families everyone. You just never know if, or when, a tragedy will befall them. I'm going to hug my children that much harder tonight, thankful that I am able to go home and do so.
Ottawa police officer killed outside hospital