Funeral for fallen Const. Jeff Northrup to take place Monday

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Thousands are expected to pay their respects at the funeral of Const. Jeff Northrup, this coming Monday.

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According to Toronto Police, the funeral service will take place Monday, July 12 at BMO Field at 1 p.m. The funeral will be broadcast live on local television stations and on the Toronto Police Services YouTube channel.

A day prior on Sunday, July 11, the public is invited to attend a visitation at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home (8088 Yonge St. in Thornhill) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Northrup died last Friday when he was struck and killed by a vehicle during an alleged robbery. He and his partner, both plainclothes officers, responded to a call around midnight at the parking garage under City Hall.

The other police officer was also injured and she was treated in hospital.

A suspect was arrested in the case and has been charged with first degree murder.

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In a news release issued July 2, Chief James Ramer called the incident that cost Northrup his life, “a senseless and devastating tragedy.”

Northrup is survived by his wife and three children, and by his mother.

In addition to Northrup’s funeral, his fellow officers are calling for a lasting memorial.

A petition is being circulated among members of the Toronto Police and the public asking for a portion of Dundas St. to be re-named after Northrup.

The petition, started by Toronto Police Const. Andrew Nanton, reads in part:

“Const. Northrup selflessly dedicated over 31.5 years of his life to protecting the citizens of Toronto. He was a hero, not only in the way that he died, but how he lived his life every day.”

One way to honour Northrup, said Nanton Wednesday, would be to rename a portion of Dundas St. after the man.

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And it’s a way to show his family that his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Nanton will send the petition to Toronto City Council, which is already in the process of renaming the street. It was named after Henry Dundas, a powerful 18th-century Scottish politician who helped delay the end of the transatlantic slave trade by 15 years.

“This is a small ask for the huge sacrifice Jeff made while keeping the people of this city safe,” said Nanton.

The petition had attracted thousands of signatures within a few hours of being posted on Tuesday night.

Retired officer Craig Bromell, a past president of the Toronto Police Association, said Wednesday he believes the section of Dundas being considered in the petition are the few blocks near 52 Division, which is located at 255 Dundas St. W.

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And who better than Northrup to name that stretch of Dundas after?

“Jeff’s business card read 255 Dundas St .W., 52 Division, Toronto Ont.,” said Bromell.

The petition can be found at change.org

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