The premier stood in the legislature this morning, and spoke about the death of RCMP Cst. Sarah Beckett.
Premier Christy Clark offered a message of condolence in the legislature this morning.
“This is a sad day for a lot of us in British Columbia as we reflect on the sacrifice that Const. Sarah Beckett made through her work as an RCMP officer.
Thousands of people in British Columbia don a uniform every day and go to work and do the work, on our behalf, that we do not do.
That many of us would not have the courage to do.
They take on that job.
They know that it’s risky. Every day they stand between us and, sometimes, a very violent, uncivil society.
We are very lucky to have police officers like Sarah Beckett and the thousands of others, police officers and first responders, in British Columbia who do so much to make us safe.
We all know that Constable Beckett died recently.
We all know that she leaves behind two small children and a husband who loved her very, very deeply.
I don’t think any of us can truly appreciate what that loss has inflicted on that family.
All of us in this House have seen the incredible outpouring of grief.
People lining the road.
Three thousand people over the weekend and many more today.
I and many members of this House will be joining them as we honour her memory.
For those who are first responders and fellow police officers themselves it will be a chance to pay tribute to a beloved colleague and a friend.
Someone they knew as a loving mother with a bright future ahead of her. For her family, it’s a chance for them to see all of us coming together and honouring her for her heroism.
I hope that, if there is one thing that her children will always know, it’s that their mother was a hero.
Last, for all of us, it will be a chance to reflect on the sacrifice that first responders and police officers make every day on our behalf.
A chance, perhaps, to remember, when we see a police officer, even if we don’t know them, to stop, take a moment and offer them a sincere thank you for what they do for us every day.”
And the NDP’s Mike Farnworth spoke after the premier.
“I would like to join with the Premier and her eloquent comments and pay tribute, too, to Sarah Beckett to stop, take a moment and offer them a sincere thank-you for what they do for us every day.
I would like to join with the Premier in her eloquent comments and pay tribute, too, to Sarah Beckett, a mother of two small children, with a husband, a family and a police officer, an RCMP officer, an individual
who took pride in every day going to work to do a unique job, keeping our communities and our province safe – a job, as the Premier said, that most people aren’t able to do.
It was a job she had done since 2005, and a job that she loved. No doubt she went to work that morning expecting to come home and see her kids and her husband.
Tragically, as sometimes happens in that line of work, she didn’t. We mourn that loss.
Later today, the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, members of this House, thousands of British Columbians and the RCMP will pay tribute to her life, to her sacrifice.
It is something that all of us should reflect on today and every day – that those men and women who protect our communities deserve our utmost respect, because too often they pay the ultimate sacrifice.”