Csts Elwood Joseph KECK, Gordon Eric PEDERSEN, and Donald George WEISGERBER (the latter offduty and unarmed) responded to a call from the #britishcolumbia #gamewardens
(now BC #conservationofficerservice
) who'd been threatened by a man with a rifle.
As the officers came upon the suspect, a mentally-ill woodsman named George Booth, he made a threatening gesture towards them. They followed him for a few hundred yards, and several times called to him to stop and drop his rifle. When they attempted to detain Booth, he opened fire with his .303 rifle, killing PEDERSEN with a shot to the head.
In an exchange of #gunfire
, KECK wounded Booth in the side, who dropped his rifle. WEISGERBER attempted to reach Booth before he could recover his gun, but it was not to be. Booth was able to pick up his rifle and shot WEISGERBER three times in the abdomen, killing him.
As KECK attempted to see what had happened, he too was shot in the head and killed.
After killing the 3 officers, the suspect was pursued by a #policedog
, and #rcmp
officers on the ground. Within hours he was located, and fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with Cpl Jack WHITE.
A newly-married man, Cst Gordon Eric PEDERSEN was born in #lethbridge
Alberta, buried Pleasant Valley Cemetery, #vernon
. He joined the #royalcanadianmountedpolice
on February 24, 1959. After his death, his wife discovered that she was expecting their first child. He was 22 years old.
A married man, Cst Donald George WEISGERBER was from #fifelake
Saskatchewan, buried Hillside Cemetery, #kamloops
. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on October 16, 1957. He was 22 years old.
A married father, Cst Elwood Joseph KECK was born in #gravelbourg
Saskatchewan, buried Hillside Cemetery, Kamloops. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on January 17, 1956. His wife was expecting their second child. He was 24 years old.
#lodd #eow #neverforget #bclem #bccos #k9 #thinblueline #canada #sacrifice #bchistory #policinghistory #lawenforcement #ultimatesacrifice #wewillremember #thinbluelinefamily