Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Yet another sacrifice

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been having a rough 2005 in Alberta, and it got rougher yesterday. We were on our way to Calgary and were diverted from Highway 2 at Leduc to south of Millet for an accident. Watching the late news in Edmonton after our return, we were saddened to learn that the accident had claimed the life of Constable Jose Agostinho.

We had known Jose when he was at the Cold Lake Detachment, and since he had been transferred to Wetaskiwin. He was a very strong member of his community, not just as a law enforcer, but as a community leader. Many young Canadians were touched by Jose in his work with cadet organizations.

Many will not know that Jose served in the Canadian Forces for 15 years and flew Buffalo aircraft in the Search and Rescue role. Curiously, at Cold Lake at the same time, there was an ex-Air Force pilot serving in the RCMP (Jose) and an ex-RCMP officer flying CF-18s for the Air Force. These two people certainly knew fully the meaning of "to serve and protect".

In the Year of the Veteran and a year of RCMP remembrance in Alberta (and everywhere), please take a moment today to remember Constable Jose Agostinho, veteran Air Force pilot, RCMP officer, husband, father, son, and friend.

"Maintiens le droit"


Blogger Aizlynne said...

I really don't get these truck drivers. I am starting to wonder if deregulation - at least for this industry, was worth the price we are paying in lives lost due to poor driving skills.

My prayers go to his family. With the ever increasing "evil" presence in this world, it is especially hard to lose the good ones so young.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

This is very sad. My uncle Gerry O'Brien is an RCMP Officer. My condolences.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

This falls into the "senseless" category. What a waste, and what a shame.

My heart goes out to his family.

2:10 AM  

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