Moncton residents will lay to rest three fallen RCMP officers in a public ceremony on Tuesday, six days after a gunman shot them in a rampage that shocked and terrified the New Brunswick city.
There have been vigils, tributes and an outpouring of grief for Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Douglas Larche and Dave Ross, who lost their lives Wednesday night.
Ahead of a regimental funeral for the three officers, which will be attended by thousands of police officers from across the country, the family of Const. Dave Ross, of Victoriaville, Que., has released a goodbye message via the RCMP.
Ross’ wife Rachael and father Yvon remembered the 32-year-old as “a well-respected young man” and a “devoted and attentive father” to his son Austin.
They said it was Ross’ love of the outdoors, tracking and hunting that led him into police work.
It was also his fondness for dogs.
Ross became a police Dog Services handler and “took a lot of pride” in working with his canine partner Danny, a German Shepherd.
The family statement said German Shepherds had a special role in Ross’ personal life, saying “Rachael and Dave’s relationships blossomed going for walks with Art [Ross’ first dog].”
“Art would often try to nose their hands apart because he wanted all of Dave’s attention,” the message read. “These were very special memories the couple shared. Dave loved Rachael unconditionally and he showed it every day by making sure she knew that she was the only one for him.”
Yvon Ross included a poem for his son, titled After everything he has done, he is who he is and finished the message saying “he will be forever in our hearts.”
After everything he has done, he is who he is.
Yes, a respectful son,
Yes, a responsible son,
Yes, a caring son, to Racheal and Austin.
But above all, my son, my son
Fate decided that Dave would die aged 32
What else can I add?
The Lord gave,
The Lord has taken away,
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Goodbye my son.
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With files from Amanda Kelly
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