Hundreds lined the streets in Calgary to pay their respects to fallen police officer, Sgt. Andrew Harnett.
The formal procession was held at noon on Tuesday, January 5.
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Calgarians were encouraged to line the route so that they could pay tribute to the fallen officer. Citizens, Calgary road workers, paramedics, RCMP, and more attended to honour Harnett’s sacrifice. All COVID-19 protocols and safety measures had to be followed.
The body of the fallen officer was escorted from the medical examiner’s office in the northwest, to the Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery in the southeast Calgary neighbourhood, Forest Lawn.
The Calgary Police Service Skye boat, Honour Guard, and accompanying officers from the Traffic Section were all part of the procession that travelled along both Bowness Road and Memorial Drive.
For anyone that wasn’t able to attend, the event was live-streamed through the Calgary Police Service YouTube channel.
Harnett was killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve during a traffic stop in Falconridge, Calgary. He was dragged 400m by a fleeing SUV before being flung into oncoming traffic.
“He knew the risks of the job and showed up every day regardless,” his family said in a released statement. “Andrew would have given everything for the police, and he did.”
Harnett, who was 37-years-old, served with the Calgary Police Service for 12 years. He was expecting his first child with his partner.
“We truly appreciate all your support Calgary at this very challenging time,” said Calgary Police.