March 3, 2012 3:36 pm

Mayerthorpe marks sombre anniversary


Seven years ago today, the RCMP suffered its worst day in history, with the loss of four Mounties in the community of Mayerthorpe.

The lives of Constables Brock Myrol, Leo Johnston, Peter Schiemann and Anthony Gordon were tragically cut short when James Roszko opened fire on them moments after they walked into a Quonset hut on his property near Mayerthorpe. Roszki then turned the gun on himself.

The officers were there to investigate a marijuana grow operation and a chop shop of stolen vehicle parts.

This March 3rd, a candlelight vigil will be held in the town to remember the four fallen officers.

Brock Myrol’s mother, Colleen, will be commemorating the anniversary by going to visit her son’s grave with family. She says the pain of his loss has never left her.

“You get more practice, more practice living without your son, but the wound, it’s sort of like walking with a broken leg on a cast – it’s always there.”

In light of the recent shooting of two RCMP officers near Killam, Colleen Myrol is asking Canadians to keep all of our police and RCMP families in their prayers.

“And knowing that what they do everyday is just so incredible. The courage that they show and to support them and do the best they can for their fellow 911 personnel,” she added.

Last year, a fatality inquiry into the Mayerthrope tragedy brought a number of changes, which have been instituted by RCMP, including the ongoing purchase of armoured personnel carriers in each province and hard body armour for some high-risk detachments.



With files from Postmedia News

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