Free ferry service for first responders attending fallen Abbotsford officer’s celebration of life

Free ferry service for first responders attending fallen Abbotsford officer's celebration of life

Const. John Davidson has been identified as the Abbotsford police officer who died in the line of duty Monday afternoon. (Abbotsford Police Department)

Const. John Davidson died in the line of duty on Nov. 6. (Abbotsford Police Department)

BC Ferries will be offering complimentary vehicle and passenger travel for all first responders attending Const. John Davidson’s celebration of life in Abbotsford on Nov. 19.

First responders will be able to travel to and from the celebration of life for free on Nov. 18, 19 and 20. Complimentary travel is valid on any BC Ferries route. Police officers and emergency first responders will be asked to identify themselves to ticket agents by uniform or an official ID.

BC Ferries has also added an 8 a.m. sailing from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on Nov. 19. There will also be additional sailings throughout the day to help with capacity.

Davidson, who was 53, was killed Monday while responding to a suspected stolen vehicle call when shots were fired.

A 65-year-old Alberta man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with his death.

Davidson, who served as a police officer for 24 years in the United Kingdom and Abbotsford, is survived by his wife and three adult children.

A police motorcade escorted his body Thursday from Vancouver General Hospital to a funeral home in Abbotsford.

The celebration of life for Davidson will be held at the Abbotsford Centre at 12 p.m. on Nov. 19. It is open to the public. The ferry schedule is available on the BC Ferries website.

With files from The Canadian Press 

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