Condolences pour in for Toronto Police Const. Jeffrey Northrup

A fellow officer mourns the loss of a “coach” and a “brother”

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Condolences have poured in from across the city and around the world following the line-of-duty death of Const. Jeffrey Northrup on Friday.

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It was Toronto Police Chief James Ramer’s grim duty to share the heartbreak with the slain 55-year-old officer’s family.

“It goes without saying that it will be most devastating to the family, colleagues and friends of Constable Northrup,” Ramer said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to support them at this time.”

Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid tweeted: “Our thoughts & deepest sympathies are with PC Northrup’s family on the loss of a husband, father & son.”

The pain inside 52 Division — where Northrup worked — is profound.

Const. Jeffrey Northrup
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Staff-Sgt. Jeff Alderdice offered high praise of Northrup, whom he presented with a medal when he reached year 20 of his 31 years of service.

“Words seem inadequate at this time to describe the loss felt by those that knew him,” he said. “He was a natural heroic and dedicated officer who always put others ahead of himself.”

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and we thank the public for their outpouring of support in this difficult time,” Alderdice added.

Another officer, Tony Ashkar, wrote on Facebook:

“You were my friend and my Coach Officer and one of the greatest people I’ve known on this job. I love you and I will miss you my brother.“

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“It’s just so tragic and heartbreaking,” said Glenn MacDonell, president and CEO of Special Olympics Ontario, where Northrup volunteered.

He did not know him personally, but MacDonell said: “If there was something he could do to help, not just with Special Olympics but with any of the charitable endeavours that law enforcement take on, he was always first to volunteer.”

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Mayor John Tory, who ordered flags at City Hall to be lowered to half-mast, issued a statement that read in part:

“I know all of the people of Toronto will join me in supporting the Northrup family and the entire police community in trying to come to terms with this loss and in their efforts to bring to justice those responsible for this tragic event.”

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Premier Doug Ford tweeted in part: “I’m terribly saddened to hear the tragic news of Const. Jeff Northrup who was killed in the line of duty … My deepest condolences to his wife, three kids and the entire Toronto Police Service. We are with you mourning this devastating loss.”

“We are saddened to hear the tragic news of the death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup,” read part of a tweet from the federation representing RCMP officers. “The deliberate killing of a police officer is despicable and heinous and we stand with all police officers who literally put their lives on the line.”

Even Miami’s Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted: “Our deepest sympathies go out to Constable Northrup’s family … We stand with you all ..”

— With files by Joe Warmington

slaurie@postmedia.com

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