23rd Annual MACP Police and Peace Officer Memorial
September 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg
Richard Power, Chief of Police, July 28, 1880 – George De Beaujeu, Constable #2439, September 10, 1890 – Harry Morphy, Corporal #2161, September 10, 1890 – John William Clarkson, Constable, November 17, 1905 – Walter S. Flood, Assistant Surgeon #0.148, November 29, 1906 – John Beattie, Constable, April 13, 1911 – Charles Rooke, Constable, February 3, 1913 – Bernard Snowdon, Constable, April 16, 1918 – Anton Fladeby, Correctional Officer, May 11, 1919 – Alex McCurdy, Morality Officer, November 11, 1920 – James Uttley, Morality Officer, November 16, 1920 – John Williams, Correctional Officer, June 26, 1926 – David G. White, Constable, June 15, 1927 – Richard H. Nicholson, Sergeant #5611, December 31, 1928 – Donald R. MacDonell, Constable #10399, April 19, 1931 – Norman Massan, Special Constable #S-822, April 19, 1931 – John Verne, Sergeant, July 24, 1934 – William Wainwright, Constable, October 4, 1935 – John G. Shaw, Constable #11582, October 4, 1935 – Charles Gillis, Constable, February 7, 1936 – John McDonald, Constable, February 10, 1940 – Edwin L. Pearse, Guard, November 11, 1943 – James E. Sims, Detective Sergeant, July 16, 1950 – Ronald C. Bloomfield, Constable #16141, July 9, 1954 – Joseph K. Sander, Constable #14819, July 9, 1954 – Joseph T. Thompson, Constable #18200, December 18, 1961 – Ervin J. Giesbrecht, Corporal #17644, June 20, 1964 – Thomas P. Carroll, Constable #20388, February 11, 1966 – Charles Morrish, Conservation Officer, April 3, 1966 – William McLeod, Conservation Officer, May 12, 1967 – George R. Hawkins, Corporal #19758, June 6, 1968 – Leonard Shakespeare, Constable, July 18, 1969 – Ronald Houston, Detective, June 27, 1970 – James A. O’Malley, Sergeant #15190, October 28, 1970 – Harold S. Seigel, Constable #22976, September 26, 1971 – Stanley Green, Instructor SMP, July 22, 1974 – Allam Assiniboine, Conservation Officer, July 27, 1976 – Dennis A. Onofrey, Constable #32104, January 23, 1978 – Bruce L. Davis, Constable #30791, January 9, 1979 – Robert C. Logan, Conservation Officer, November 3, 1983 – Werner R. Friesen, Living Unit Officer SMP, July 13, 1984 – Joseph G. Wendl, Living Unit Officer SMP, July 13, 1984 – Robert W.C. Thomas, Special Constable #S2886, March 6, 1986 – Keith M. Barley, Conservation Officer, November 29, 1989 – Malcolm N. Williams, Sergeant #29743, April 28, 1995 – Ken Skwark, Conservation Officer, June 28, 1995 – Peter Magdic, Constable #48139, November 18, 2001 – Dennis Strongquill, Constable #40120, December 21, 2001 – Rhonda Commodore, Correctional Officer, November 6, 2014 – Allan D. Poast, Constable, December 13, 2019
Died in a single motor vehicle collision near Southport when his patrol vehicle rolled over and he was thrown from the vehicle.
Died in a single motor vehicle collision on the Perimeter Highway while returning to Winnipeg from Dauphin.
Killed along with two firefighters and a pilot when the helicopter they were in crashed into the Churchill River during forest fire operations near Leaf Rapids.
Involved in a motor vehicle collision with another conservation vehicle while attempting to apprehend an illegal night hunter.
Shot in the back while returning to his patrol car after offering assistance to a motorist who turned out to be a police hater.
Fatally stabbed by inmates while attempting to lock them up at the end of the night.
Involved in a single-vehicle motor collision on highway 5 near Lake Dauphin.
Died in a motor vehicle collision with a train near Portage la Prairie.
Shot while in a motel doorway while investing a reported stolen vehicle parked in a Virden motel parking lot.
Drowned in Lake Winnipegosis when the boat he and three other conservation officers were operating exploded due to a motor gas leak.
While working as an instructor, he was attacked by an inmate in the carpentry shop.
Shot while attempting to remove a mentally distressed youth who was barricaded in his home in Isle Des Chenes.
Stabbed during a stakeout while trying attempting to arrest a violent rapist.
Drowned in the Kettle River after his boat overturned while searching for a drowning victim.
Shot during an armed robbery.
Died from complications after being shot in the leg with a shotgun in 1964 by a trapper who was denied a permit.
Died following the crash of a charter plane at Cyril while returning from patrol to Shamattawa.
Drowned after his all-terrain vehicle broke through the ice on Reder Lake while he was patrolling trap lines.
Drowned after his patrol car drove off the coffer dam and into the water at Hybord.
Died from his injuries after an aircraft’s landing gear struck and crushed the top of his patrol car in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1957.
Drowned after the boat he was patrolling in struck a bridge and flipped near Barrows.
Shot with a shotgun during a domestic dispute.
Attacked by three youth males while they escaped from Vaughan Street Jail.
Shot during a stakeout for a break and enter and safe breaking.
Died from injuries sustained after being shot during a service station robbery on January 24, 1936.
Shot, along with RCMP Cst. John Shaw, during the escort of three prisoners to a lockup on Arron, Saskatchewan.
Two more RCMP officers were killed by the same escapees in Alberta four days later.
Shot, along with Benito Town Police Cst William Wainwright, during the escort of three prisoners to a lockup on Arron, Saskatchewan.
Shot while attmpting to arrest an armed robber.
Froze to death after the camp he was at with Special Constable Norman Massan flooded overnight near the Fourteen River.
Froze to death after the camp he was at with Constable Donald MacDonell flooded overnight near the Fourteen River.
Shot during a liquor raid on a farm near Molson.
Struck by a vehicle while on duty in Assiniboine Park.
While supervising an inmate work group he was struck by blasting rock.
Shot along with Morality Officer Alex McCurdy, and a third officer, during a liquor raid at the Stockyards Hotel in St Boniface on November 11, 1920.
Shot along with Morality Officer James Uttley, and a third officer, during a liquor raid at the Stockyards Hotel in St Boniface on November 11, 1920.
Stabbed by an inmate on May 2, 1919.
Shot after interrupting three men committing a shop break.
Shot on January 26, 1913, while attempting to arrest a man on a warrant at a remote cabin in the Riding Mountains near Dauphin.
Electrocuted while at the scene of a fire after his leg brushed against a live wire.
Died from exposure on dog sled patrol while backtracking to recover lost supplies.
While serving as town Constable in Treherne he was gunned down while serving papers on a farm to a male who was delinquent in paying his debts.
Drowned, along with Cst George De Beaujeu, while on patrol on Lake Winnipeg after their vessel capsized.
Drowned, along with Cpl. Harry Morphy, while on patrol on Lake Winnipeg after their vessel capsized.
Drowned, along with his prisoner, after the prisoner he was escorting across the river from St. Boniface to Winnipeg stepped on the gunwale, causing their boat to tip.
In 1998 the Government of Canada Proclaimed the last Sunday in September of every year as the Police and Peace Officers National Memorial Day. A service is held annually at 11:00 am on Parliament Hill. Police and Law Enforcement agencies from across Canada and representatives from the Government of Canada attend the ceremony.
On January 17, 2003, Canadian Heritage declared the last Sunday of September of every year as a nation-wide flag half-masting on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada, including the Peace Tower, from sunrise to sunset in honour of our fallen officers. These official proclamations are a fitting sign of respect, not only to those gathered on the hill but also for those who made the ultimate tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe and our environment protected.
A few years later, the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of police began organizing a local Memorial Service meant to honour the Police and Peace Officers who lost their lives while serving the citizens of Manitoba. The ceremony is coordinated to take place in conjunction with the National Memorials in Ottawa.
Located on the northeast corner of Broadway Avenue and Osborne Street North. (MAP), the memorial is a combined tribute to Manitoba Peace and Police Officers, Firefighters, and Labour Workers.
Construction began in 2020 and includes a reflecting pool where visitors can pause to remember the fallen. The Police/Peace Officer and Firefighter granite slabs have the names of the fallen inscribed on the back.
Memorial Ribbon Dress and Deportment
The memorial ribbon is worn on the left pocket flap, close to the wearer’s right edge of that pocket.
Ribbons are worn the week prior to National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day until the end of the day on Memorial Day or
until the day following the conclusion of funeral services in the case of a fallen officer.
The history of the ribbon may be reviewed at the following link – https://www.memorialribbon.org/about/history/.
For guidance on wearing the ribbon, and other manners of dress, including civilian attire, please see the
link – https://www.memorialribbon.org/about/protocol/.