On Monday, Const. John Davidson, an officer with the Abbotsford Police Department in Abbotsford, B.C., was shot in the head and killed in the line of duty. He was remembered as a “courteous, kind and dedicated officer,” according to the Vancouver Sun, and a “hero who…made an impression on everyone he encountered.”
To Cops for Cancer – Tour de Valley, the school liason officer and cyclist was also a beloved and integral squadmate—one of two officers from Abbotsford who finished the nine-day haul, in fact—and his sudden loss is sending waves of grief through their ranks.
The organization recently took to Facebook to publish a heartfelt goodbye to their friend and fellow rider.
“Our hearts are heavy,” the Facebook post reads. “Yesterday we lost a rider, a teammate, a friend, and a person who served his community with pride and was determined to make a difference. Abbotsford Police Department Constable John Davidson #386 was killed in the line of duty protecting our community. His presence, his being, will be immeasurably missed. But he will never be forgotten.”
“Ohana John,” the post finished.
Meanwhile, Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, a 65-year-old Alberta man, has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Davidson, after appearing in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Tuesday afternoon.