We remember the sacrifice of our five fallen Surrey RCMP who died while on duty.
On July 15, 1962, Cst. Lepine was posted to the Patullo Bridge Unit in Surrey. He was driving a police motorcycle on King George Highway when a vehicle turned left in front of him. As a result of injuries suffered from the collision, he Cst. Lepine passed away in hospital on July 19, 1962.
On March 29, 1974, Cst. Pierlet was working his last shift before taking time off to be married. He noticed a vehicle being driven erratically, and after stopping the vehicle was fatally shot. The driver and passenger were sentenced to death and the sentences were later changed to life imprisonment.
On September 29, 1974, Cst. Draginda was on General Duty at Surrey Detachment, riding with an Auxiliary Cst. when, in responding to a report of a motor vehicle accident, they were involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of 152 Street and 96 Avenue. Cst. Draginda and two people in the other vehicle were killed.
On October 28, 1975, Cst. Baldwinson was on the General Investigation Section at Surrey Detachment and driving back to the Detachment. It was late at night, with poor visibility and he had just passed another police vehicle on Pacific Highway #15, when he collided with a horse on the roadway. Cst. Baldwinson died as a result.
On November 13, 2012 Cst. Oliver was on General Duty at Surrey Detachment and driving back to the Detachment when, in responding to a report of stolen vehicle, he was involved in a collision with a semi tractor trailer at the intersection of 148 Street and 64 Avenue. Cst. Oliver passed away as a result of this collision.
To honour their sacrifice, Surrey RCMP officers, staff and volunteers, designed, raised funds for, and implemented two memorial projects.
On November 14, 2014 a new public memorial cairn was unveiled outside the Main Detachment. After the loss of Constable Oliver in 2012, the detachment worked with the City to rebuild the memorial so that Constable Oliver’s name could be respectfully added. As with the original cairn built in 1975, the completion of the new memorial required the support of the detachment’s officers, municipal staff, and volunteers who raised the funds for the project.
On October 19, 2006, the Surrey RCMP
Wall of Honour was unveiled with photos of the fallen officers. The project was the vision of Surrey RCMP officers and staff who raised the funds to bring the dedication wall to fruition. The Wall of Honour is located in the central atrium of the Surrey Detachment as a reminder to all who pass by of the service and sacrifice of the fallen officers.