VANCOUVER – The funeral for a BC Mountie is expected to draw law enforcement officials from at least three countries.
One week ago today, Constable Adrian Oliver, 28, died after his unmarked police cruiser collided with a transport truck at an intersection in Surrey, the province’s second-largest city.
His funeral is being held in the Fraser Valley city of Langley.
The Mounties say customs and border officials from the U-S, members of the U-S Coast Guard and Australian Federal Police will attend the ceremony with local RCMP officers and municipal police.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and several other top Mounties are expected to attend, as will B-C’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond and Surrey Mayor Diane Watts.
Oliver started training as a cadet with the RCMP in December 2008, began his first posting as a constable on June 1st, 2009 and was serving in the Surrey detachment at the time of the crash.
Oliver was born in British Columbia but spent his teen years in Ottawa, where we he went to high school in Orleans. His ties to the nation’s capital were still strong, as his father works as an RCMP chief superintendent at headquarters in Ottawa.
Hundreds of people have contributed to the RCMP’s online condolence page for the Oliver family.