ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – It was a sombre day as an Abbotsford Police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this week is back in the Fraser Valley, escorted there by a long procession of fellow first responders.
— Abbotsford Police (@AbbyPoliceDept) November 10, 2017
Vancouver Police and City of Vancouver personnel, along with BC Ambulance and Vancouver Fire and Rescue, pay tribute to fallen Abbotsford Police Constable #386 John Davidson, as he is escorted from Vancouver General Hospital back to Abbotsford. #EOW #Hero #FallenOfficer pic.twitter.com/IUnOLBUFfd
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) November 9, 2017
— Denise Wong (@DeniseTWong) November 9, 2017
The long motorcade of police cars escort the body of @AbbyPoliceDept Constable John Davidson back to #Abbotsford from #Vancouver. @VancouverPD @BurnabyRCMP @deltapolice @SurreyRCMP @LangleyRCMP pic.twitter.com/1qWWwXe1qb
— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) November 9, 2017
This afternoon the streets and highway overpasses from Vancouver to Abbotsford were lined with hundreds of people as the motorcade carrying the body of Constable John Davidson was transported from Vancouver General Hospital to a funeral home in Abbotsford.
The motorcade, which featured first responders from several police forces and fire departments, began shortly before 2:30 p.m. at Vancouver General Hospital.
Davidson was killed in the line of duty on Monday. He was shot to death in Abbotsford as police tracked down a suspect linked to reports of a stolen vehicle.
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Police have announced that a celebration of life for Davidson will be held at the Abbotsford Centre on November 19th at 12 p.m.. It is open to the public.
A GoFundMe page set up by the Abbotsford Police Union as raised over $72,000; the money will go to help support Davidson’s family.
The 53-year-old officer leaves behind a wife and three adult children. He was originally from the UK, and his law enforcement career spanned 24 years, the last 11 of which were with Abbotsford Police.
Oscar Arfmann, 65, from Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.