softly lit section of wall in the Toronto Police Headquarters Grenville
Street Lobby, bears a large bronze plaque on which is inscribed
the names of this Service's honoured fallen officers. This tribute
to the men who have died in the line of duty is a permanent reminder
of their supreme sacrifice to the many who pass by each day. On
Tuesday June 22nd, 1999, a special ceremony took place at the C.O.
Bick Police College, where a new initiative was launched to heighten
the police and public awareness of the dedicated service and subsequent
loss of each of these officers.
formation of The Metropolitan Toronto Police Force in 1957, twenty-
three officers who served in a total of thirteen units across
the city have lost their lives in the line of duty. To further
honour these men, special Toronto Police Service decals have been
placed on the windshield of
all our marked police vehicles. Inscribed on each decal is the
name of officers who were killed while serving in the particular
unit to which that vehicle is assigned. These decals will in spirit,
bring these men back to the communities for whom they gave their
Boothby, who initiated the Decal Tribute Program, officiated at
this moving ceremony, accompanied by Police Services Board Chairman
Norm Gardner. Many of the Command Officers, Senior Officers, as
well as uniform and non-uniform personnel joined the fallen officers'
families to witness the unveiling of this program. Each of the
honoured officers' families received a plaque on which was mounted
the particular decal commemorating their loved one.
are heroes in life, not death, and will not be forgotten.