Abbotsford Police thank community for support in aftermath of officer's death
A little over a week after the death of Abbotsford Police (APD) Const. John Davidson, the Fraser Valley community continues to pay their respects and help his memory live on.
Davidson was fatally shot while responding to reports of a stolen vehicle and of someone firing shots in the direction of the general public.
A 65-year-old Albertan man, Oscar Arfmann, was apprehended after the shooting and has since been charged with the first-degree murder of Davidson.
Davidson had worked as a police officer for 24 years, beginning his law enforcement career in the UK in 1993, before being hired to the Abbotsford Police in 2006.
In addition to a GoFundMe account that was set up in Davidson’s memory and ultimately surpassed its fundraising goal, the APD began selling blue memorial ribbons to pay tribute to their fallen colleague.
The ribbons were sold at $5 apiece and on Thursday, the APD announced that over 850 ribbons had already been sold.
In a thank-you tweet, the APD called their community “the best.”
Our community is the best! Over 850 memorial ribbons for #ourfallenhero Cst. Davidson sold yesterday and fresh supply available today! Head to APD HQ during business hours and get one for $5. Proceeds to Memorial Ribbon Society supporting the grieving families of our heroes. pic.twitter.com/S5onqSdEzd
— Abbotsford Police (@AbbyPoliceDept) November 16, 2017
A public celebration of Davidson’s life is planned for this Sunday, November 19 at 1 pm in Abbotsford. For those who can’t make it, the event will be televised and live-streamed online as well.