Police, first responders line bridges over Hwy. 400 to salute fallen officer

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Nov. 23, 2020

Simcoe County first responders, including dozens of police officers, lined bridges over Hwy. 400 Nov. 23 to salute Const. Marc Hovingh, who died following a shoot out on Manitoulin Island last week.

Hovingh died Nov. 19 after an incident that also caused the death of a civilian.

Hovingh's body was taken to Toronto for an autopsy and transported back to Manitoulin Island in a hearse, accompanied by two police cruisers.

The OPP encouraged supporters to follow the procession’s live Twitter feed.

“Because we’re in this pandemic, we’re on lockdown, we’re in a different situation here right now,” Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

“There’s not a lot of opportunity for paying of respects and for gatherings.”

Hovingh was one of the officers who responded to a call about an “unwanted man’’ on a property in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island.

According to the Special Investigations Unit – Ontario’s police watchdog – Hovingh and civilian Gary Brohman died in hospital after exchanging gunfire.

Hovingh was a 28-year veteran of the force.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance