Last week, three RCMP officers lost their lives in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire in Moncton, NB.
The following day, North Okanagan RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk shared his own words and feelings on the loss of his fellow brothers and now he and others at the detachment are giving their thanks to the public.
Since last weeks tragedy Molendyk said the North Okanagan community has shown its support daily by dropping off flowers, cards, fruit baskets and offering kind words to officers on the street.
“North Okanagan RCMP Supt. Reg Burgess along with all members and staff of the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment would like to sincerely thank the many residents and businesses of our City and region that have stopped by to say thank you, left flowers and candles or sent well wishes and condolences in honour of our three fallen members and the two that were injured last week in Moncton, NB,” said Molendyk.
“It is amazing how many times we have been stopped and the support has been very much appreciated and we give our heartfelt thank you,” added Molendyk.
A service for the three fallen members will take place Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. PST in Moncton.
It will also be broadcast live from Trinity Baptist Church located at 1905 Springfield Road in Kelowna. The service at Trinity will begin at 8:30 a.m. with words from Rev. Tim Schroeder and RCMP Supt Nick Romanchuk preceding the service from Moncton.
North Okanagan officers will be attending services in the region and one member of the North Okanagan RCMP, currently serving in Armstrong, will be attending the service in person in Moncton as he was a troop mate of one of the fallen officers.