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A terrible tragedy in Ottawa this morning...

Posted by Kaida23, 29 December 2009 · 1,009 views

It is with a heavy heart I bring sad news to you all this cold, winter morn. At 4:30am EST this morning an Ottawa Police officer was stabbed while sitting in his cruiser outside of the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital. While there are few details being released at this time, it has been reported that he was simply sitting there writing up a report when he was approached by the suspect and was stabbed without warning. Despite the proximity to the hospital, he died an hour later. The attacker was subdued and held by two nearby paramedics and a couple of bystanders until other officers could arrive. It has since been reported that the slain officer was the father of three children.

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

people die all the time

people die all the time

That's a horribly cold and simplistic viewpoint, don't you think? This is an incredibly rare occurrence here in Ottawa.
This is a tragedy, and i live near Philadelphia, when police officers die all the time. But atleast here they usually have a chance to defend themselves. Do you have capital punishment in Canada? If not, you should send him down here, we'll take care of him for you.
It is a tragedy anytime someone dies, be it police, fire or whatever, but this is almost unheard of here. It's been 26 years since an Ottawa police officer was killed on duty. The city is in mourning right now.

people die all the time

I'm sure you'd be fine with a member of your family dying. Cause, you know, people die all the time.

Despite the opinions of some members on this board, it is truly tragic. Especially in a city where such acts are quite rare.

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