Provincial, police leaders pay respects to fallen officers in socially distant ceremony

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Chief Mark Neufeld, Calgary Police Service during the 22nd annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony held at City Hall in Calgary to honour the 100 men and women who have died in the line of duty in Alberta since 1876 on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Speaking at the ceremony, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney thanked attending officers for their service.

“I’m humbled to be in the presence of so many remarkable women and men who have dedicated their lives to protecting the innocent, to maintaining public safety and the rule of law,” he said.

“We pray that no others must bear this loss.”

Premier Jason Kenney during the 22nd annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day ceremony held at City Hall in Calgary to honour the 100 men and women who have died in the line of duty in Alberta since 1876 on Sunday, September 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

The ceremony concluded with a reading of the roll of fallen officers.

It’s been more than five years since an Alberta officer was killed while on duty.

On June 8, 2015, Edmonton Police Service Const. Daniel Woodall was fatally shot outside a home while executing a criminal harassment warrant.

Woodall, an eight-year police veteran, was investigating online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton Jewish family. He was shot by Norman Raddatz, who fired more than 50 shots at officers after refusing to open his door when presented with a warrant. Police did not fire any shots during the incident and an investigation cleared officers of any wrongdoing in 2018.

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