RCMP National Memorial Service, September 8

September 4, 2019
Regina, Saskatchewan

Media Advisory


Grave marker for Sergeant Donald F. Forbes
Constable Leo Tyler Francis
Constable Gerald Fortis
Superintendent Dennis Edward Massey

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will honour its fallen members during the RCMP National Memorial Service this coming Sunday at the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The Memorial Service honours regular members, special constables, auxiliary constables and civilian members who have lost their lives in response to an operational policing duty in which there was the element of life-threatening risk.

This year, four names will be added to the RCMP Cenotaph, Honour Roll Book and Memorial Wall, bringing the total number of fallen members to 243 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873.

  • Sergeant Donald F. Forbes
    Served November 23, 1908, to July 17, 1920
    Died after being thrown from his horse in Battleford, Saskatchewan.
  • Constable Leo Tyler Francis
    Served October 16, 1987 to July 5, 1996
    Died from injuries sustained when he was accidentally crushed between a police car and RCMP motor home, in Oromocto, New Brunswick.
  • Constable Gerald Fortis
    Served April 30, 1990, to December 25, 1997
    Died when he lost control of his police car due to icy road conditions, striking a concrete pillar, near Chilliwack, British Columbia.
  • Superintendent Dennis Edward Massey
    Served September 22, 1969, to December 18, 2002
    Died from injuries sustained when a tanker truck hit his police car in Calgary, Alberta.

The Memorial Parade and Chapel Service will be streamed on Facebook Live.

A Facebook account is not required to watch the event.

Media invitation

Members of the media are invited to attend the Memorial Parade.

Media availability will follow the Parade. Interviewees will be announced on your arrival at the Fort Dufferin Guardroom.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Media to arrive at the RCMP Academy
  • 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. – Memorial Parade
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. – Media availability

Arrival at the RCMP Academy

Please park at the RCMP Heritage Centre (5907 Dewdney Avenue) and proceed on foot south on Bonner Drive to the Fort Dufferin Guard Room to receive a visitor's pass and meet with your escort. All visitors are required to leave a piece of government-issued identification in order to receive a visitor's pass. Visitors must be accompanied at all times while at the RCMP Academy. This procedure is to be repeated every time you enter and leave the RCMP Academy, even on the same day.


Contact information

RCMP Depot Division Media Relations


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