Mourning a fallen officer, thousands fill Abbotsford arena

Thousands of police officers in uniform filled the Abbotsford Centre to capacity to honour Const. John Davidson on Nov. 19, 2017.

Full regimental funeral was held at the Abbotsford Centre on Nov. 19, 2017

A full regimental funeral was held for Const. John Davidson, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6, 2017. Under heavy rainfall, pallbearers carry the fallen officer's casket into the hearse. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC) (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Thousands of law enforcement officers in uniform filled an arena in Abbotsford, B.C., to capacity to honour Constable John Davidson on Sunday. 

A full regimental funeral was held at the Abbotsford Centre for the fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6.

Fighting back tears and huddled in between her two siblings, Fay Davidson stood beside her brother Drew and sister Dina to speak about their father. 

"It's hard to properly capture in words just how special dad was, in a way that does him justice," Davidson said.

"He was strong, intelligent, hilarious, sarcastic, humble and a real piece of work," the 19-year-old said.

She was one of the handful of speakers who spoke about Davidson and his exemplary character.

Davidson's police partner, Const. Renae Williams described him as being a tough but fair officer. 

"That was evident by the number of people I have seen shaken his hand after getting a ticket," said Const. Williams.

"JD you have left an everlasting impact on your family, on us, our department and this community. We will take care of your family as our own," she said.

The grand and emotional celebration of life was attended by 8,000 people. Thousands more attended a procession leading up to the arena.

Constable John Davidson left behind his wife, Denise Davidson, and three adult children Faye, Dina and Drew Davidson. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
About 12,000 people — including 8,000 first responders — attended the procession and the full regimental funeral for Davidson on Sunday at the Abbotsford Centre. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Davidson into the memorial service, where his family, friends and colleagues remembered him. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Const. Renae Williams, who was Davdison's partner during his time at the traffic section, places his casket into a hearse. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
First responders came from around the world, including Davidson's family from Scotland as well as his former co-workers from the Northumbria police force. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
The emotional ceremony concluded with funerary tradition of the 'last radio call.' (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich lends a comforting hand as the hearse drives off. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Davidson was remembered as a man admired for his dedication to his community and his kindness to those he encountered. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
RCMP constables rise following the conclusion of the ceremony. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich gives his final marching orders to the force, that their job is now to protect Davdison's family. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)