TORONTO — Several thousand police officers from across the country have gathered in Toronto to say goodbye to an officer who died in the line of duty.
The funeral for Const. Jeffrey Northrup got underway this afternoon at BMO Field in downtown Toronto following a procession made up of officers on foot, horseback and in a marching band.
Northrup was killed in what investigators have called a deliberate act while he was responding to a report of a robbery in a parking lot at Toronto City Hall earlier this month.
Police say he died after being struck by a vehicle. A 31-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory are expected to pay tribute to the officer at the funeral and Northrup's wife is set to deliver the eulogy.
Toronto police say Northrup, a father of three, served the force for 31 and a half years.
"Jeff was hugely liked by his neighbours, community, colleagues and friends," the force said in a statement.
"He has been praised for his kindness, energy and enthusiasm for work and life. He was dedicated to his wife and family, and his work as a police officer."
Toronto police said officers from Ontario Provincial Police, Calgary, Vancouver, and the RCMP are in attendance.
The officers dotted the vast stadium, sitting in every third seat, many wearing black face masks with Northrup's badge number.
Paramedics who responded to the scene when Northrup was struck were also at the funeral, which wasn't open to the public but was being livestreamed.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2021.
Liam Casey, The Canadian Press