It began with a traditional blue ribbon to memorialize fallen APD officer Const. John Davidson, and this Saturday, on the eve of a public celebration of Life for Davidson, blue lights will shine across Abbotsford and all the way into Vancouver in his memory.
Among those public spaces in Vancouver paying tribute to Davidson by turning blue is the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) November 17, 2017
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.
Since his death, the outpouring of support the APD has received has been “amazing,” said APD spokesperson, Ian MacDonald.
On Friday, MacDonald told Daily Hive that this week he was he was also made aware that all Pattison electronic billboards in BC “will display the same John Davidson tribute that those in Abbotsford currently do.”
As for the blue lights tribute in Davidson’s hometown?
“My neighbour was stringing up blue lights an hour ago,” said MacDonald.
“The response to this tragedy and the immense support is so appreciated by our APD family.”