ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – A vigil will be held on Monday evening to honour Abbotsford Police Constable John Davidson, who was shot to death while in the line of duty on Monday in the Fraser Valley.
The service will be held at the Mount Lehman Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is welcomed.
A public service will also be held on November 19th to celebrate Davidson’s life. That ceremony will begin with a procession of police officers at 12 p.m. leading to the Abbotsford Centre, where the event will be held at 1 p.m.
The procession will be on McKenzie Road, heading west on King Road to the facility. The roads will be closed for the march at about 11 a.m. The force says overflow seating will be available at the University of the Fraser Valley Envision Athletic Centre.
Today rolls of blue ribbon were donated so #abbypd are hoping to start a trend to remember our hero. Please put a blue bow out to remember our fallen brother Cst. Davidson. We have extra ribbon. #abbypdstrong #hero #heroribbon #bowtoremember pic.twitter.com/rkDAcrupvv
— Deputy Mike Serr (@DeputySerrAPD) November 10, 2017
Fifty-three-year-old Davidson was killed on Monday when he responded to reports of a stolen car. He’s survived by his wife and three adult children.
A 65-year-old man from Alberta has been charged with first-degree murder.
Davidson’s body was transported to a funeral home in Abbotsford on Thursday, escorted by fellow first responders.
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
BC Ferries says it is offering free vehicle and passenger travel for all emergency first responders attending the ceremony.
“We want to show our support and appreciation for all officers and first responders in BC who work incredibly hard to keep our communities safe,” says CEO and Vice-President Corrine Storey. “This is a small gesture to show we are thankful for their service.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Davidson’s family.
If you are looking to share your condolences with the family, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.