“To Remember Our Fallen Heroes”

2013 Honour Roll


Cst. John ZIVCIC

Toronto Police Service - ON
Motor Vehicle Incident
December 2, 2013

On Monday December 2, 2013 Toronto Police Constable John Zivcic, 34 years, succumbed to injuries received in a motor vehicle incident over the weekend while responding to a call.

Cst. Zivcic, of Toronto Police's 22 Division, was responding to a call on Saturday November 30th 2013 when he was involved in a two vehicle collision near Bloor Street West and Neilson Drive. He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries where he underwent several surgeries but remained in critical condition for the past two days. He died around 12:35 p.m. Monday at St. Michael's Hospital, surrounded by his immediate family and members of 22 Division. Details of what caused the crash are still under investigation.

Cst. Zivcic was a member of the Toronto Police for seven years spending the last couple with the Divisional Traffic Section. John is survived by his mother as well as his brother and sister.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

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Conservation Officer Justin KNACKSTEDT

Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management - SK
Motor Vehicle Incident
May 31, 2013

On May 31, 2013, at approximately 7:40 pm, Conservation Officer Justin Knackstedt, 23 years, was killed by a motor vehicle while he helped the RCMP at a traffic incident on Highway 11 about 20 KM south of Saskatoon.

CO Justin Knackstedt, of the Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM), and his partner where on route to Blackstrap Provincial Park, when they stopped to assist the RCMP with traffic control at a two vehicle collision on Highway 11. While they were at the crash scene the RCMP received a report of a black SUV driving erratically and heading north towards the scene. Police say traffic was lined up along the highway when the SUV was observed in the line of vehicles. There was a brief conversation between the RCMP and the driver of the SUV when it sped off continuing north hitting Justin Knackstedt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Further up the highway the SUV rolled in to a ditch where the driver was arrested. The driver faces multiple charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death and flight from a peace officer causing death.

Our condolences go out to CO Knackstedt's family, friends and colleagues.

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Jennifer KOVACH

Cst. Jennifer KOVACH

Guelph Police Service - ON
Motor Vehicle Incident
March 14, 2013

On Thursday March 14, 2013, Constable Jennifer Kovach, a four year veteran of the Guelph Police Service, died in a motor vehicle incident while responding to an other officers request for assistance. 

At 1230 a.m. Cst. Kovach, 26 years, lost control of her police cruiser crossing the centre line on Imperial Road South near Paisley Road and collided head-on with a transit bus. She was extricated from the vehicle by the Guelph Fire Department after the crash and taken to Guelph General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the bus, who provided significant care to Cst. Kovach until the fire department arrived, was taken to hospital suffering minor injuries and was released. Cst. Kovach was alone in her cruiser and there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

Our condolences go out to Cst. Kovach's family, friends and colleagues.

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Steve DERY

Cst. Steve DERY

Kativik Regional Police Force - QC
Gun Shot
March 2, 2013

On Saturday March 2, 2013, Cst. Steve Dery, a 3 year member of the Kativik Regional Police Force in Northern Quebec was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute. His partner was wounded in the shoot-out.

Cst. Dery, 27 years, was responding to a domestic dispute in the small community of Kuujjuak, Quebec, which is approximately 1,600 kilometres northeast of Montreal. A man and woman were at the home when as police arrived. Shots were fired as soon as they stepped out of their police vehicle hitting both officers. The officers were transported to hospital where Cst. Dery died of his injuries. A stand-off ensued until Sunday when police found the man in the home with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The woman escaped with no injury.

Cst. Dery was originally from Orleans in the Ottawa Ontario area. He joined the Kativik Regional Police, which was created in 1996 to serve communities in Nunavik, which comprises the northern third of the Province. He was the second of three boys born of a former RCMP officer. His brother is a fire-fighter and he has a cousin who is with the RCMP in New Brunswick.

Our condolences go out to Steve's family, friends, and colleagues.

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Conservation Officer Howard Lavers

Newfoundland and Labrador Fish and Wildlife - NL
February 21, 2013

On February 21, 2013, Newfoundland and Labrador Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Howard Lavers died in the 'Line of Duty' in Eastern Blue Pond, near Blue Mountain, Newfoundland.

Officer Lavers, a 30 year veteran of the Wildlife Conservation Division, was patrolling on his snowmobile, along with two other wildlife conservation officers, on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula at Hawke's Bay. As the three officers were driving across Eastern Blue Pond, the ice gave way and they fell through the ice. Two of the officers made it to shore, but Lavers didn't. The other officers attempted to save Officer Lavers but were unable to pull him from the water. An RCMP dive team recovered Officer Lavers' body the following day.

Officer Howard Lavers is survived by his children and grand-children. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

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