This week our Abbotsford community lost a much-loved police officer in a senseless act of violence.
We are grieving the death of Constable John Davidson, who “lived his life to the fullest...John was a selfless individual who was always looking to better the lives of those around the community.”*
He continues to do so even now.
Yesterday I got on the #1 highway and headed west for a client meeting 30 minutes away in Langley. There seemed to be extra vehicle volume so I turned on traffic radio to determine my route.
I soon learned that a police motorcade had formed at Vancouver General Hospital and was beginning to escort Constable Davidson's body back to Abbotsford. Deep emotion rose as I considered his family in the line of cars slowly making their way out of the city.
I wasn't prepared for what I witnessed.
Along my route, on every overpass, stood hundreds of first-responders and civilians surrounded by police cars and fire trucks, lights flashing. And I saw accounts of thick crowds lining the streets of Vancouver and Abbotsford.
Such respect. Such honor.
I am deeply moved by the outpouring of support, love, and respect for this officer. And, I am deeply challenged.
I want to be part of a community where we hold an everyday attitude of respect, honor, and regard for people who serve and protect us, not just in face of tragedy.
May we all choose to love well.
With love and gratitude,
*from Abbotsford Police Union statement
In The Midst