HUNTER: Murdered OPP officer was ‘the guy’ on the spot
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But sometimes, that’s not enough.
At the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial in Ottawa, there are 874 names etched into the stone shattering any semblance of common sense.
These are the cops who never made it home, whose end of watch came early.
OPP Const. Marc Hovingh, a 28-year member of the service, will be the newest name added to the wall. Hovingh was shot and killed Thursday at a rural property on Manitoulin Island.
So far, details are murky. The triggerman, 60, is also dead, felled in an exchange of gunfire with Hoving, the SIU says. Another officer on scene was uninjured.
Hovingh was one of those cops who embraced the community where he was posted. He was active in his church and was known as a “friendly giant.”
A gregarious disposition didn’t save the 52-year-old officer.
The OPP’s roster of heroes is filled with men and women who set out to settle a minor dispute and ended up losing their lives.
In Hovingh’s case, it was an “unwanted man,” a “squatter” allegedly involved in a “land dispute.” As I said, details are slim.
On March 8, 2010, Const. Vu Pham was on patrol in a rural area of Huron County when he received a call about a domestic incident spiralling out of control.
When the 15-year OPP veteran stopped a pickup truck near Clinton, he was shot and killed as he emerged from his cruiser by Fred Preston, 70.