Friends and fellow volunteers fondly remember Const. Jeffrey Northrup

“We are all grieving with his family”

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Kristal Jones still cannot believe Const. Jeffrey Northrup is gone.

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“It’s hard. It really is. It’s really sad. I haven’t even had a chance to just sit and process and cry and feel my sadness,” said one of the founders of Beyond the Blue, a support group for police officers and their spouses.

Jones said since news of Northrup’s death, the organization’s phones “have been going non-stop.”

The calls are coming from officers, court officers, dispatchers, and spouses.

“Spouses, what they feel is very real. Of course, they’re going to be scared,” Jones said. “I’m with them. My husband is a Toronto Police officer.”

A 31-year police veteran, the 52 Division officer was killed early Friday morning by a vehicle in City Hall’s underground parking after he and his partner responded to a report of a robbery-turned-stabbing. Umar Zameer, 31, faces a first-degree murder charge.

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On a deeply personal level, Jones said she considered Northrup her lifesaver, as someone who validated her life when she navigated the darkness of postpartum depression.

“I wanted to die. I didn’t want to live anymore, and he checked in on me every single day to make sure I was OK,” she said. “He was just one of those people that was just so kind.”

The two had been friends for at least seven years.

“These people that are wearing the uniform are actually just phenomenal people trying to do good in the world,” Jones said.

Northrup’s kindness extended beyond work duties; and deep into the success of Special Olympics Brampton.

Carole Lewis, who volunteers with the group, added of the Northrups: “As a family they were always a big part of our annual baseball tournament.”

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“It was complete disbelief at first,” when she first heard the constable was killed.

She knew him — as most have described — as a gentle giant who gave generously of his time.

“For him, it was more about the athletes. It was a great place for his daughter. But it was all about all the athletes with him,” Lewis said.

“I can’t believe it. I can’t tell you how good a family they are “

Police vehicles are stopped along Yonge St. as Toronto Police Service Motor Squad and 52 Division escort the body of Const. Jeffrey Northrup from the Ontario Coroner’s Office to the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home in Thornhill, Ont. on Sunday July 4, 2021. ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN
Police vehicles are stopped along Yonge St. as Toronto Police Service Motor Squad and 52 Division escort the body of Const. Jeffrey Northrup from the Ontario Coroner’s Office to the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home in Thornhill, Ont. on Sunday July 4, 2021. ERNEST DOROSZUK/TORONTO SUN

The Thin Blue Line Canada, which commemorates fallen officers, announced on its Facebook page, “we’re honoured to have been chosen to manage the memorial and fundraising items.

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“At the request of the family, ALL proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics.”

Yet another gesture of support from the Northrups comes as no surprise to the group.

“It also speaks to how amazing he was as a person that all of these people, we’re all grieving with his family,” Jones said.

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