August 13, 2014 3:30 am

Funeral today for Niagara officer killed in motorcycle crash

Constable Joe Mellen Jr, an off-duty Niagara Regional Police Officer, was killed in a motorcycle collision on August, 8, 2014.

Niagara Regional Police Service

WELLAND, Ont. – A funeral will be held today for a 33-year-old Niagara Region police officer who died in a highway crash last week.

Constable Joe Mellen was driving home from work last Friday when his motorcycle and a car collided on Highway 406 in Welland, Ont.

Chief Jeffrey McGuire said Mellen was on the force for nine years and was a “good cop” and a “fun guy to be around.”

A woman in the car, believed to be the driver, suffered serious injuries.

Today’s funeral will be held at the Faith Welland church followed by internment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens in Fonthill, south of St. Catharines.

It won’t be a formal police funeral, but police will provide an escort as the casket is taken to the cemetery.

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