Ontario Police Memorial
Preserving the memory of fallen officers
The Ontario Police Memorial is dedicated
to all of the brave police officers in Ontario’s history
who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The memorial is made up of a bronze statue
of a male and female officer standing atop a large granite pedestal.
The names of fallen officers are carved into a granite wall – the
Wall of Honour – that stands on each side of the pedestal.
The words, “Heroes in Life, Not Death,” are
carved on the memorial. This is to recognize that police officers
risk their lives, every day, to protect people and neighbourhoods,
and deserve the respect and gratitude of the citizens they serve.
The Ontario Police Memorial is in a small park at the corner of
Queen’s Park Crescent and Grosvenor Street in Toronto.
On Sunday, May 4, 2008, police officers,
families and friends gathered at the Ontario Police Memorial for
the annual Ceremony of Remembrance to honour those that have paid
the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duty.
This year, the Ontario Police Memorial paid
tribute to then-Toronto Police Department Constable Edward McMaster
by etching his name into the memorial’s walls. McMaster,
31, died April 24, 1935, after the motorcycle he was riding was
hit by a truck that ran a red light at King and Peter Sts. McMaster’s
omission from the memorial was discovered by Toronto Police Service
Traffic Services S/Sgt. Andrew Norrie, who had come across newspaper
articles on the officer’s death while doing research. The
follow-up research regarding Constable Edward McMaster and, all
the background information on the fallen officers listed below,
was prepared by Toronto Police Service Museum researcher Norina
Today, the names of 248 fallen officers in
the province are inscribed on the Wall of Honour.
Below are the names of 40 Toronto police
officers who paid life’s highest price to fulfill the Service’s
motto "To Serve and Protect”.
Please see the Honour Roll