Family, friends, police officers and first responders paid their respects Wednesday to Frank Deschênes, described by the highest-ranking person on the force as the "consummate Mountie."
"One thing is certain, Frank did not die in vain," Daniel Dubeau, the acting commissioner of the RCMP, said at the funeral in Moncton for Deschênes, 35, who died trying to help stranded motorists near Memramcook.
Deschênes "absolutely loved his job, and it showed every time he put on his uniform," friend Sgt. Dave Connors said in the eulogy.
"[He always] wanted to be the one to help people that need help."
The red serge of the RCMP uniform dominated the procession to St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the inside of the church.
RCMP officers from across Canada joined police, first responders and military personnel at the funeral of Const. Francis Deschênes in Moncton on Wednesday. (Maria José Burgos/CBC) The red serge, the uniform worn by RCMP officers, lined the streets near St. Bernard's Catholic Church. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC ) A procession of RCMP officers, drummers, and bagpipes were a part of today's funeral service. (Maria José Burgos/CBC ) RCMP estimated at least 600 military, police and first responders would be at the services for the 35-year-old Deschênes, who was killed in a roadside crash last Tuesday. (Maria José Burgos/CBC) Hundreds of people lined the streets near St. Bernard's in honour of New Brunswick-born Const. Francis Deschênes. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) Helen and Claude Curwin attended the funeral mass at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) RCMP officers saluted the hearse as it drove toward the church. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) Eight Mounties carried the casket, draped in a Canadian flag, into a silent church. (Maria Jose Burgos/CBC) Deschênes was described by his friend Dave Connors as 'one of the golden ones,' who died doing what he loved — helping people. (CBC) Not a single seat was left in St. Bernard's Church, where the funeral for Const. Francis Deschênes was held. (CBC)