WATCH: It was an emotional day as hundreds of people lined streets across Greater Victoria to pay their respects to RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett who was killed in the line of duty in Langford
32-year-old West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett was killed in a crash while on duty in Langford early Tuesday morning.
Today police escorted her body from Victoria General Hospital to Victoria International Airport, where it was flown to Vernon for medical examinations.
Led by two RCMP motorcycles, the police procession left the hospital where dozens of fire trucks, and ambulances had lined the streets, paying respects to their fallen colleague.
“A lot of us were on the call the night it happened,” said paramedic Bob Burr, “myself it’s been an emotional roller coaster, it’s been very tough, one of the toughest calls we’ve ever been on.”
32-year-old Beckett, a wife and mother of two young children, had just returned from maternity leave.
She served her entire 11 year policing career on Vancouver Island.
Today, the bonds she formed over those years, not just with her fellow officers but with the entire community, were visible in the crowds that came out to honour her.
It was an emotional moment for Corporal Brodie Murphy who only became a military police officer a few months ago.
“It makes you think and it hits home a little bit because it’s my job as well,” said Murphy who had lined up with more than 100 other law enforcement and emergency personnel at Elk Lake.
Further up the highway, Central Saanich and Sidney fire departments hung a Canadian flag high above the procession — Beckett’s loss being felt by an entire country.
As her body arrived at the airport the finality of the moment hit home as fellow RCMP officers carried a casket containing the loving mother, wife, and community protector to a waiting airplane.
“No one comes to work expecting not to make it home that night you expect to go home safe and sound and that didn’t happen for this officer,” said Burr.