RCMP Constable Beckett died when her police cruiser was struck by a pickup truck April 5th.
Four months after her death, the official unveiling of a plaque honoring Cst. Sarah Beckett took place outside the West Shore RCMP detachment.
The 11-year veteran of the West Shore detachment died when a pickup truck struck her police cruiser in April.
As Mary Griffin reports, it was an opportunity for her colleagues, family and members of the public to remember and honour her.
It’s an emotional day outside the West Shore RCMP detachment.
As family and friends gather to pay tribute to Cst. Sarah Beckett who died on the job in April, RCMP Chief Superintendent Ray Bernoties says they will never forget her.
“Today marks an important day for us. Today we help to ensure that we never forget the tragic loss of life of Constable Sarah Beckett.”
A pickup truck struck Beckett’s marked vehicle early in the morning near the intersection of Peatt Road April fifth.
Despite attempts by paramedics, the officer died a short time later.
Langford Mayor Stewart Young spoke at the unveiling.
“I know this is a very difficult and emotional time as we all continue to go through the healing process.”
Although they may be too young to understand, Beckett’s young sons are here for the official unveiling of the plaque dedicated to their mother.
Attending the ceremony, is Janelle Breese Biagioni. Her husband Gerald, an RCMP member in Penticton, died in 1990.
“I really feel for them. The journey that they are on is not easy to go through it. It’s been 25 years for me. This brings up a lot of emotion. So, I just wanted to give them a bit of hope that people will never forget. And we are here to support them now.”
Her 10-year-old grandson, Sam McNeill, attended the ceremony.
“It’s very sad. I feel for the Beckett family.”
Sarah Beckett’s colleagues vow to never forget her.
Bernoties says that’s behind a policy that all new detachment staff visit and read her memorial plaque.
“Sarah is a big part of the culture, not just in West Shore but here at the RCMP detachment. So it’s absolutely necessary that new employees understand that. And understand any impact.”
While the investigation into her death continues, there remains a permanent reminder of the young officer who died in the line of duty.