Const. Matthew Baker spoke during the unveiling of the Wall of Honour April 5, which will serve to honour fallen officers across the country and commemorates Const. Sarah Beckett’s passing in the line of duty. (Lindsey Horsting /News Gazette staff)

West Shore RCMP unveils Wall of Honour

Const. Sarah Beckett honoured on anniversary of her death

Colleagues, officials, friends and family gathered at the West Shore RCMP for the unveiling of a Wall of Honour inside the foyer of the local detachment in memory of fallen West Shore RCMP officers.

Last Thursday, April 5 was also the two year anniversary of the death of Const. Sarah Beckett. Beckett’s husband and two sons were also in attendance.

Const. Matthew Baker spoke at the memorial and unveiling. He thanked the community for their contributions to the wall and expressed gratitude to the community on behalf of Beckett’s husband.

“Your outpouring of support today and of course every day is touching and a firm reminder as to why all of us put on the uniform,” Baker said.

“Brad’s family also wishes to thank the community for all the support over the last several years, everything from teddy bears, blankets, cards of supports, food, whatever they’ve needed the community has provided. It is a true testament to just how big the hearts are of people in the West Shore.”

Baker was holding back tears when he talked about Beckett and hopes she is remembered for being a wonderful mother and person above all.

Beckett’s name and photograph are in the centre of the glass plaque and if there are officers from the West Shore that lose their lives in the line of duty their names will be added to the list.

Langford fire Chief Chris Aubrey fondly remembered Beckett as having a great sense of humour, and being a very passionate person.

“A death to police officer, firefighter or a paramedic reverberates through the whole community,” Aubrey said. “So to be able to come here today and to be able to see her honoured on the wall, I’m so pleased to be able to see that she will never be forgotten.”

The foyer will remain open during regular business hours for members of the public who may wish to view the wall and pay their respects.

Beckett was killed after her police cruiser was broadsided by a pickup truck in the Goldstream Avenue and Peatt Road intersection in Langford during the early morning hours of April 5, 2016.


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