TEARS OF BLUE: Toronto cops who made ultimate sacrifice

Article content

In the long, storied history of the Toronto Police Service, too many cops have been killed in the line of duty.

Advertisement

Story continues below

Article content

Early Friday morning, it happened again when TPS undercover Const. Jeffrey Northrup was killed.

According to the TPS Honour Roll, Const. William Boyd was the first city cop to die, shot to death on June 4, 1901.

Here’s a partial list of the city’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice keeping Toronto safe.

Constable John Zivcic
Constable John Zivcic Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE

CONST. JOHN ZIVCIC

November 30, 2013

411: Zivcic was working as a traffic enforcement officer in 22 Division and was responding to an impaired driver call. He was involved in a crash en route and died two days later.

Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell is seen with his wife Christine and their baby in a photo taken from Facebook on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell is seen with his wife Christine and their baby in a photo taken from Facebook on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

SGT. RYAN RUSSELL

January 12, 2011

411: Russell was trying to stop the driver of a stolen snowplow when he was struck on Avenue Rd., north of Davenport Rd. He died later in hospital.

Const. Laura Ellis
Const. Laura Ellis Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE

CONST. LAURA ELLIS

February 18, 2002

Advertisement

Story continues below

Article content

411: Ellis had just returned from maternity leave for her last shift with the TPS before joining Durham police. She and her partner were en route to a call when they were slammed by another vehicle. Ellis became the first female officer killed in the line of duty.

An undated photo from family of Det.-Const. Bill Hancox.
An undated photo from family of Det.-Const. Bill Hancox. Photo by SUPPLIED /FAMILY

DET. CONST. WILLIAM HANCOX

August 4, 1998

411: Hancox was working undercover when he was stabbed multiple times. He died later in hospital. His killers remain behind bars.

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

CONST. JOHN W. KNIGHT

September 28, 1994

411: Knight was in pursuit of a vehicle when he lost control of his cruiser and struck a bridge abutment. He died as a result of his injuries.

Toronto Sun frontpage for Wednesday, June 22, 1994. `HE SERVED US WELL.’ Const. Todd Baylis 1969-1994.
Toronto Sun frontpage for Wednesday, June 22, 1994. `HE SERVED US WELL.’ Const. Todd Baylis 1969-1994.

CONST. TODD E. BAYLIS

June 17, 1994

411: Baylis and his partner were on patrol when they attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for drug trafficking. The suspect was found carrying a large amount of crack cocaine and a loaded handgun. The officers gave chase and the suspect shot Baylis in the head. He died later in hospital.

Advertisement

Story continues below

Article content

LYNN.
LYNN. Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

CONST. HUGH GALT LYNN

March 6, 1988

411: Lynn was assigned traffic duties on the Don Valley Parkway when he pulled over a car for speeding. He was struck by a northbound car and died from his injuries.

DUNMORE.
DUNMORE. Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE

CONST. DAVID ALEXANDER DUNMORE

September 18, 1984

411: Dunmore and his partner received an all-points broadcast of a stolen vehicle whose occupants had threatened two people with a gun. The cops spotted the vehicle and as they attempted to exit their police car, the suspect opened fire, hitting Constable Dunmore in the neck and chest. He died en route to hospital.

Const. Percival Cummins
Const. Percival Cummins Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE

CONST. PERCIVAL BRODERICK CUMMINS

September 23, 1981

411: Cummins and his partner responded to a disturbance call at a rooming house. A scuffle ensued and the suspect grabbed Cummins’ gun and shot him in the neck. He died two hours later in hospital.

Const. Michael Sweet
Const. Michael Sweet Photo by HANDOUT /TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

CONST. MICHAEL WILLIAM SWEET

March 14, 1980

411: Sweet and his partner responded to a robbery in progress. Sweet had been shot and was being held hostage by the robbers. He pleaded for his life but the robbers refused to let him receive medical treatment. He died later in hospital.

bhunter@postmedia.com
On Twitter: @HunterTOSun

We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

    Advertisement

    Story continues below

    Comments

    Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

    Share:

    Share on facebook
    Facebook
    Share on twitter
    Twitter
    Share on pinterest
    Pinterest
    Share on linkedin
    LinkedIn
    On Key

    Related Posts

    How can Poland threaten Russia?

    MOSCOW, 27 Oct 2021, RUSSTRAT Institute. “Information waves” periodically sweep through Russian social networks with descriptions of various threats to Russia. During the second Karabakh

    On AIR

    Russtrat world

    How can Poland threaten Russia?

    MOSCOW, 27 Oct 2021, RUSSTRAT Institute. “Information waves” periodically sweep through Russian social networks with descriptions of various threats to Russia. During the second Karabakh