Memorial proposed for 3 fallen Moncton Mounties

A proposal to build a permanent monument to the three Moncton RCMP officers killed in the line of duty last week will be discussed by city council on June 16.

Head of police association is seeking public input on look, location of a permanent memorial

The head of the Codiac Regional Police Authority wants a permanent memorial to commemorate the three Moncton Mounties who were shot and killed last week.

"It would have to be something first-class," chairman Nick Leblanc told CBC's Information Morning Moncton.

"And it would have to be in a location that people could see it without any trouble at all."

Leblanc says he is hoping for suggestions from the public about what the memorial should look like and where it should be located.

Local resident Elanore Renton says she imagines a park with benches, plaques and trees in honour of the fallen officers — Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Const. Douglas James Larche and Const. Dave Joseph Ross.

"I would like to see a living memorial, a place where people could go and meditate," said Renton.

Moncton city council is expected to discuss the proposal at its next regularly-scheduled meeting on June 16.

The city already has a memorial to three other officers killed in the line of duty.

The polished stone slab in Victoria Park honours Cpl. Aurele Bourgeois and Const. Michael O'Leary, who were kidnapped and murdered in 1974, and Const. Joseph Steadman, killed in 1892.

Their names are engraved in the stone, along with this dedication: "In memory of those officers of the Moncton Police Force who faithfully gave of themselves in service and protection of this community."