RCMP hold National Memorial Service
The memorial included a parade of regular members, auxiliary members, cadets and veterans on Sleigh Square in honour of the RCMP members who have died since 1876.
Published Sunday, September 9, 2012 5:32PM CST
The RCMP held their annual national Memorial Service Sunday at the RCMP Academy “Depot” Division in Regina.
The service included a parade of several troops of regular members, auxiliary members, cadets and veterans on Sleigh Square in honour of the RCMP members who have died in the line of duty since 1876.
This year, two names were added to the Cenotaph, the Honour Roll, and the Memorial Wall Plaques.
David John Brolin died when the helicopter he was flying crashed near Cultus Lake, BC.
“Being here today…puts the icing on the cake. It just makes me so proud,” said Brolin’s father John Brolin.
The second name added the Cenotaph had a strong Saskatchewan connection. Constable Derek William Henry Pineo was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but was working for the Wilkie detachment when he died responding to an early morning call.
“He just had a spark to him that brought a smile to your face. He was always there in good times and bad,” Corporal Andy Frisk, a friend of Pineo said.
The addition of the new names brings the total number of fallen members to 230 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873.