A service has been held to mark the first anniversary of a Victoria-area RCMP officer’s death in a collision with an alleged drunk driver.
RCMP officers donned the ceremonial Red Serge at the Westshore detachment to honour Constable Sarah Beckett.
Around 200 people stood out in the rain for the service, with flowers and wreaths laid in remembrance of the married mother of two.
Some residents who had never met Beckett were in tears today as they remembered her tragic loss.
West Shore RCMP say the original plan was to have a small informal gathering, but as soon as the planning process took off, so did the phone calls.
The detachment received a flood of calls from the public, other police detachments, the crown counsel, fire departments.
Beckett was killed in the line of duty after a pick-up truck broad-sided her police cruiser in a Langford intersection shortly after the married mother of two young boys returned to work after maternity leave.
The sentiment from many is that while she may be gone, she will never be forgotten.
Kenneth Fenton, who is charged with impaired driving causing death, flight from police and dangerous driving causing death in connection with the crash, is scheduled to be in court tomorrow.
B-C’s police watchdog has also forwarded a report to Crown counsel for consideration of charges against an RCMP officer involved in chasing a vehicle that hit Beckett’s cruiser.
Story by Neetu Garcha