Province grants exemption for CPS officer’s funeral; Harnett to be laid to rest Saturday

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In a statement, Alberta Health said the funeral would take place “under strict health protocols.”

“As CPS is running the funeral, we are confident that they are organized and disciplined to comply with the special agreed upon restrictions,” Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan said in an email.

He did not provide information on what factors contributed to Alberta Health’s decision to allow the exemption when asked.

Harnett’s funeral ceremony will not be streamed publicly, at the request of his family.

“We recognize the keen interest of the public and the media in participating in this important event,” Calgary police stated. “Following the formal ceremony, a procession will occur which will be livestreamed for all to see.”

The service added that 20 of Harnett’s close friends and family, along with 30 uniformed personnel, were expected to attend.

“The church where the funeral will be held has an extremely large capacity, to ensure family groups are able to stay distanced,”  police stated.

An undated photo shows Calgary Police Service Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who was killed in the line of duty in Calgary on Dec. 31, 2020. Harnett was born and raised in Hagersville, Ont., and joined the military police in Edmonton and then a 12-year career with the Calgary Police Service. Photo by Courtesy Harnett family via CPS

Harnett died after being struck by an SUV that fled a scene where he’d pulled it over during a New Year’s Eve traffic stop.

A Calgary Police Service regimental funeral ceremony would typically include a bearer party, honourary pallbearers and a colour guard who ensure any officer killed in the line of duty is honoured with the utmost respect and dignity, according to CPS.

The police service said it liaised with the Ontario Provincial Police, which held a similar, restricted service in November following the death of Const. Marc Hovingh.

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