It was an emotional Saturday in Moncton, as a monument honouring the lives of three New Brunswick Mounties was finally unveiled to the public.
For RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, the monument celebrates the lives of three of his RCMP constables who were shot and killed two years ago.
The lives of Consts. Fabrice Gevaudan, Doug Larche and Dave Ross were taken on June 4, 2014, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage through the city leading to a 30-hour manhunt.
The lives of those three men are represented by small details on the statue, placed there by the wives and family members of the fallen officers.
WATCH: Monument honouring RCMP officers killed in a shooting rampage in Moncton two years ago unveiled. Jacques Bourbeau has more.
Nadine Larche, the widow of Doug Larche, and her three daughters travelled to Newfoundland to meet with artist Morgan MacDonald and put their special, personal touches on the tribute to their father, husband and hero.
Rachael Ross, wife of Dave Ross, also made a special mark on the statue, honouring the father of her sons and the man who she says stole her heart.
“There’s his footprints and mine, and the boys kind of walk in his in his shadow behind him. And he was also a ‘Papa Bear,’ so there’s a bear paw print in the shadow of his foot,” Rachael said Thursday.
Saturday not only marks the unveiling of the statue, and the anniversary of the devastating tragedy that rocked the city — it also marks the final day of Brown’s career with the New Brunswick RCMP.
Brown announced in April that he would be retiring from the force after more than 30 years — choosing June 4 due to its deep, personal significance.
“There is not a day goes by that I don’t rethink the events of that day,” Brown told Global News in an interview.
“I often think — there’s three families fatherless, there’s six children, there’s members on scene that worked closely with Dave, Doug and Fabrice.”
Searching for peace and a change of pace, Brown is returning to his Newfoundland roots in his retirement, setting sail aboard his new boat “Saltwater Joys.”
Since the day of the shooting, Brown has struggled with anxiety and depression, admitting he often wonders if he could have done more.
“Your view of the world becomes skewed. You look through these windows and it’s a clear sunny day but all of a sudden something happens and things start to get a little cloudy,” Brown said.
A five-month 16×9 investigation, Under Fire, raised questions about officer training and equipment prior to the shooting. Click on the links below for related coverage.
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- Training for a shooting
- RCMP sends out defensive internal memo hours before explosive 16×9 investigation
- What’s happened in the year since the Moncton shooting
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