Watch above: A Moncton family wants to pay tribute to a fallen RCMP officer who save a baby boy’s life six years ago. Shelley Steeves reports.
MONCTON – A Moncton woman whose family has a special connection to one of the three RCMP officers killed last week said they were devastated when they found out he had died.
In an interview with Global News, 18-year-old Chelsea Furlotte said Const. Douglas Larche saved her brother Kodie when he was only a few days old.
Kodie, now six years old, had stopped breathing, and their mother called the police.
“He took my brother out of the crib…and he started to do CPR,” said Furlotte. “He saved his life.
“It’s terrible to know that if it wasn’t for Doug, my little brother wouldn’t be here right now.”
Larche received a special commendation for his efforts.
Furlotte described Larche as “an amazing man” who cared about everybody.
She said he would stop by regularly to see how her brother was doing.
“He would come over to our house and he’d make sure Kodie was okay,” she said. “He really loved Kodie.”
“He shouldn’t have died. It’s not fair.”
The one message she said she would like to send Larche’s family is one of gratitude.
“Thank you, for everything that you’ve done for us and this community,” she said tearfully.
Furlotte said she and her family are planning to attend the funeral of the three officers in Moncton on Tuesday.
“We’re going to pay our respects to all of the officers who passed away,” she said.
Larche’s family released a statement on Sunday that spoke of his love for his family — especially his three daughters, aged nine, eight and four.
With files from Shelley Steeves