Funeral today for RCMP officer killed in tractor collision

Hundreds of officers will march through the streets of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu today to pay their respects to RCMP Const. Richer Dubuc.

The father of four died after a crash between his vehicle and a farm tractor in Lacolle, near the U.S. border, on March 6.

The funeral service is at 3 p.m. at the Saint-Jean Garrison in Montérégie, about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal. 

Starting at 1:30 p.m. a procession of RCMP members in uniform, along with members of several other police agencies and first responders, will march through the streets around the garrison.

A notice on the RCMP website says the funeral will be "an event befitting of this great man and police officer."

The deadly collision occurred on Route 202 westbound in Lacolle, near the U.S.-Canada border.

Dubuc, 42, whose colleagues remembered him as a "gentle giant" who was always in good spirits, was a seven-year veteran of the force, but had only recently joined the border enforcement unit. 

A native of Joliette, Que., Dubuc began his career with the Codiac Detachment in New Brunswick in November 2009.