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Kincardine bridge dedicated to the memory of fallen officer
by Sandy Lindsay

May 25, 2016
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Kincardine bridge is now dedicated


The sign is unveiled
(L) Rev. Rob Hiscox, OPP West Region Commander, John Cain, South Bruce Detachment Commander Dana Earley, OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes .... (R) Constable Campbell's brothers and relation

Police officers came from across southwestern Ontario to honour one of their own on Tuesday, May 24th.

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Constable Craig Campbell

The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) held a bridge dedication ceremony in memory of Constable Craig Campbell on May 24th at Kincardine's Best Western.

The bridge that crosses the Penetangore River in Kincardine on Hwy. 21 now bears signs that have been erected and in Constable Campbell's memory.  

Campbell was killed in the line of duty in August, 1985 at the young age of 24, only weeks after his probation period as a police officer with the OPP. He and his partner were on patrol when they were notified to be on the lookout for a car that had evaded police.  The officers were getting into position to intercept the vehicle, but the driver trying to evade capture, lost control of his vehicle and broadsided the police vehicle, killing Campbell and seriously injuring his partner.  Two passengers in the suspect vehicle were also killed.  The driver was impaired and driving with a suspended license.

A newlywed, Campbell left a young wife, Lesley and, one of five boys, he also left brothers Dave, Reid, Marc and Scott. 

Campbell was an avid sports enthusiast and a graduate of Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.  His dream had been to become a police officer to help others.

(L) Leslie Parsons (Campbell) received a memento of the occasion as did each of Campbell's brothers ...

Constable Kevin Martin shows the memento that is a replica of the bridge signage

 

 

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Campbell family members and OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes (R)

"The loss of Constable Campbell was a tragic occasion for his family, friends, his community and the entire policing family.  I am pleased thatt we continue to remember Constable Campbell as we honour him with this ceremony," said OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes, who travelled form the OPP headquarters in Orillia to be at the ceremony.

... more family members who attended

Constable Campbell's parents, Don and Audrey, (deceased) established the D. Craig Campbell Memorial Award which is given to the top member of each recruit class at the OPP Academy.  A donation of $100 will be made to the recipient officer's charity of choice from the Campbell family.

Piper Jim Irvine piped in the dignitaries and also played 'the Lament'

Since 2002, Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be dedicated in memory of fallen police officers.  To date, there are 64 provincial highway structures dedicated in honour of fallen police officers.


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