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Fallen Officer Memorial Page

2022 was a terrible year for Line of Duty deaths for Canadian police officers. 5 Canadian Hero's were lost, protecting the communities they serve. This page is strictly dedicated to those officers that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Each time a Canadian police officer is killed in the line of duty, Beneath The Bark Canada will donate a custom plaque to the respective agency.

For inquiries related to a plaque donation, please reach out to us at the email hyperlink below

 info@beneaththebarkcanada.com

In the event there is a "Gofundme" fundraiser associated to the officers line of duty death, Beneath The Bark Canada will share the link for others to donate <3

Constable Grzegorz Pierzchała

On the afternoon of Tuesday December 27, 2022 Ontario Provincial Police Constable Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala was shot and killed while responding to a call of a vehicle in a ditch just west of Hagersville Ontario.

28-year-old OPP Cst. Pierzchala was dispatched just after 2:30 PM to a vehicle in a ditch on Indian Line and Concession 14 just west of Hagersville. As he exited his police vehicle, he was ambushed by two subjects when they opened fire on the officer, severely injuring him before he had a chance to pull out his own firearm and defend himself. After the shooting, the two subjects stole a vehicle from a Good Samaritan who also stopped to provide assistance and fled the scene. The subjects ditched the vehicle and fled on foot. They were tracked by a police canine unit and apprehended. Cst. Pierzchala was pronounced dead at the hospital. The two subjects were charged with First Degree Murder of a police officer.

Cst. Pierzchala was originally from Barrie Ontario where he was a leader in the wrestling community. He spent some time in the Canadian Armed Forces before becoming a Special Constable at Queen’s Park. He joined the OPP in 2021, and after finishing his training he began patrolling in a one-person patrol vehicle in April of 2022. On the morning of Tuesday December 27, 2022, he was informed he had passed his probation and was now a full-fledged OPP officer. He was then dispatched to the vehicle in a ditch call where he was murdered.

Constable Pierzchala leaves behind his family. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues. He will be remembered.

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Constable Shaelyn Yang

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On October 18, 2022 at approximately 11:00 AM, Constable Shaelyn (Tzu-Hsin) Yang was conducting a welfare check of a lone tent in a Burnaby Park. She became involved in an altercation when she was fatally stabbed by the lone occupant. 

Cst. Yang, 31 years old, was part of the Burnaby RCMP’s mental health and homeless outreach team. She was partnered with a City of Burnaby Parks employee and they were attending to an individual camping in a tent at Broadview Park, located near Canada Way and Gilmore Avenue. The lone male did not respond to Cst. Yang yelling that they were there to check on him. The individual appeared to be unconscious and possibly overdosing. Cst. Yang entered the tent to administer naloxone. The male woke up and Cst. Yang became involved in an altercation. The male stabbed Cst. Yang in the chest. Cst. Yang managed to shoot the suspect before she lost consciousness. She was transported to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The suspect was also transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cst. Yang volunteered full-time with Richmond RCMP’s Victim Services unit before joining the RCMP in 2018. After graduation, she was posted to the Burnaby RCMP detachment where she was part of a team that handled homelessness and mental health issues.

Cst. Shaelyn Yang is survived by her partner. Our condolences go out to her partner, family, friends and colleagues. She will be remembered.

Constable Devon Northrup

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On Tuesday October 11, 2022 at approximately 8:00 p.m., South Simcoe Police Constable Devon Northrup and Constable Morgan Russell responded to a disturbance call. Upon entering the residence, they were both shot and killed by a lone male in the home.

Cst. Northrup, 33 years old, and Cst. Russell, 54 years old, were dispatched to a disturbance call at the home in the area of 25th Sideroad and 9th Line. They entered the residence and were shot by the suspect using a semi-automatic rifle. The two officers did not have time to draw their firearms before being shot. A third officer at the home exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect was later pronounced deceased. Cst. Northrup was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Cst. Russell was airlifted to the Toronto Trauma Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.

Cst. Northrup was a six-year member of the South Simcoe Police Service and was assigned to the Community Mobilization & Engagement unit. He also served as a member of South Simcoe’s Mental Health Crisis Outreach & Support Team and the Emergency Response Unit. He is survived by his partner and his parents.

Our condolences go out to Cst. Northrup’s partner, family, friends and colleagues. He will be remembered.

Constable Morgan Russell

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On Tuesday October 11, 2022 at approximately 8:00 p.m., South Simcoe Police Constable Devon Northrup and Constable Morgan Russell responded to a disturbance call. Upon entering the residence, they were both shot and killed by a lone male in the home.

Cst. Northrup, 33 years old, and Cst. Russell, 54 years old, were dispatched to a disturbance call at the home in the area of 25th Sideroad and 9th Line. They entered the residence and were shot by the suspect using a semi-automatic rifle. The two officers did not have time to draw their firearms before being shot. A third officer at the home exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect was later pronounced deceased. Cst. Northrup was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Cst. Russell was airlifted to the Toronto Trauma Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.

Cst. Russell was a 33-year veteran of the service and was assigned to Uniform Patrol. Cst. Russell served as a founding member of the Emergency Response Unit (for 22 years), a Coach Officer, a trained crisis negotiator, a member of the Recruiting team, and most importantly, a leader and friend. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Our condolences go out to Cst. Russell’s wife, family, friends and colleagues. He will be remembered.

Constable Andrew Hong

On September 12, 2022 Cst. Andrew Hong of the Toronto Police Traffic Services was taking a break from a training exercise when he was shot and killed by a lone gunman in Mississauga. 

Cst. Hong was taking a lunch break at a Tim Horton’s in Mississauga, Ontario where he had been participating in a joint training exercise with Peel Regional Police and York Regional Police. A lone gunman targeted him, shooting him at close range. Cst. Hong died at the scene. 

The lone gunman attempted to take Cst. Hong’s sidearm but was unsuccessful due to the holster locking mechanism. The gunman fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, eventually showing up at an auto body shop where a second shooting took place. The daylight shootings left one other dead and three others injured. The suspect fled to the city of Hamilton, where he was later located and shot by police. He died at the scene of an interaction with authorities in Mount Hamilton Cemetery.

Cst. Andrew Hong was 48 years old and a 22-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service. He is survived by his wife, two children and his parents. Our condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues. He will be remembered.

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