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Opening Remarks by Mayor Andy Adams
“I want to open tonight’s meeting with a tribute to Police Service Dog Gator, who was stabbed and killed in the line of duty last week.
Our empathy goes to our local RCMP members, especially Gator’s handler and partner, Constable England, who was also stabbed in the tragic incident.
We recognize that a man’s life was lost during this event, and send our deep and sincere condolences to his family.
Campbell River was extremely fortunate to have Gator spend his entire five years of duty with his partner/handler, here in Campbell River.
Gator’s services proved to be invaluable to our citizens in a variety of RCMP files. He helped find a man lost during a significant snowfall, and assisted with the arrest of a knife-wielding man who had robbed a store.
He was even chosen to be Mountie of the Month last September.
Gator played a significant role in our community. His loss will resonate with us and his RCMP members well into the future.”
Mayor Adams also thanked people for participating in the tribute for Gator and for sending suggestions on how to honour him in our community.