Ceremony honours fallen officers, recognizes 5 survivors of Edmonton van attack

The Canadian Press
October 02, 2018
By The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — The five survivors of an attack in downtown Edmonton were recognized at a weekend ceremony to honour fallen service men and women.

Const. Mike Chernyk and four civilians injured in the September 2017 attack were acknowledged Sunday at the 20th annual Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

The event is held in memory of those who have died in the line of duty.

Chernyk was struck by a speeding car then stabbed outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game on Sept. 30, 2017.

Hours later, a cube van sped through the downtown, injuring four pedestrians.

One man faces 12 charges after the attack and will go to trial next fall.

“This is particularly poignant today as we mark the one-year anniversary of the injury of Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk and four pedestrians,” Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said at the event. “The incident a year ago definitely brings our focus to just how danger can come from anywhere.”

Ganley, members of law enforcement and the public gathered for the ceremony Sunday at the legislature grounds in Edmonton.

It began with a parade of officers from various agencies, and a wreath laying at the Pillar of Strength monument, which has the names of Alberta’s fallen officers.

A hundred men and women have lost their lives while on duty in Alberta since 1876.

Similar ceremonies were held across the country.

News from © Associated  Press Enterprises Inc., 2018

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