Williams Lake joined communities across Canada Tuesday morning to honour the three fallen RCMP members who were killed in Moncton, N.B. last Wednesday.
Uniformed members from the RCMP, Search and Rescue, Conservation Officer Service, Probation Services, and the 150 Mile Volunteer and Williams Lake Fire Departments joined the parade, which departed from the RCMP detachment and proceeded to city hall.
Inside city hall, community members joined the uniformed personnel to watch the funeral being televised from Moncton.
Cpl. Chris McGee of the Williams Lake RCMP detachment attended the funeral in Moncton.
“He trained David Joseph Ross, one of the boys who perished,” safer community co-ordinator Dave Dickson said.
Mayor Kerry Cook told the crowd the deaths were a powerful reminder of the courage and willingness of people to risk their lives for others.
“Your work is very much appreciated,” Cook said.
Cariboo Bethel Church Pastor Jeremy Vogt described the morning as a difficult one.
“You are here to honour your fallen brothers,” he said. “They were targeted because they wear the same uniform as you.”