Today, Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation joined Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Thomas Carrique for bridge dedication ceremonies to honour three Trenton Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“Ontario’s police officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and communities safe,” said Christine Hogarth. “These bridge dedications are a tribute to their bravery, selflessness and commitment to the safety and well-being of others.”
The bridges, located in the Trenton area, have been officially dedicated in memory of Constable Blair Campbell Brown, Constable Mark L. Houlden and Constable James Lynn Begbie.
“These constables served and protected our communities and this bridge dedication helps honour their courageous and noble dedication to the Ontario Provincial Police and the people of Ontario,” said Commissioner Thomas Carrique.
Constable Brown, age 29, died in a motor vehicle collision while transporting a prisoner from Peterborough on June 27, 1931. He previously worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway Police before being appointed as Traffic Officer for the then Trenton Police. At the time of his death, Brown was survived by his wife and two young sons.
Constable Mark L. Houlden, age 37, died on July 29, 1970 while responding to a domestic complaint with another officer. A physical altercation took place and he collapsed in the line of duty while protecting others. He is survived by his two children Brad and Lore.
Constable James Lynn Begbie was returning from firearms training when his motorcycle left the roadway. He died on June 22, 1978 from his injuries and at the time of his death was survived by his wife.
“We honour and pay tribute to the dedication of Constable Brown, Constable Houlden and Constable Begbie, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Minister Mulroney. “These bridges in the Trenton area will now serve as a lasting tribute for three of our fallen heroes.”
Memorial signs with each officer’s name and police service crest have been posted at each side of the bridge, that honours them.