HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia RCMP officer killed last week on a New Brunswick highway will be remembered in Moncton on Wednesday.
Cst. Francis Deschenes died at the scene when his cruiser, pulled over to the side of the road to help two people change a tire, was struck by a utility van.
Deschenes has been remembered for his heroism and dedication to the RCMP. The 35-year-old had just been married this summer.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke telling Global News preparing for the funeral has been difficult for fellow officers.
“They’re exhausted, they’re emotional, they’re just trying to do justice to Cst. Deschenes as we say goodbye to him,” said Clarke. “They’re trying very hard to make sure we get all the arrangements done properly.”
The services will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a procession of uniformed law enforcement along Assumption Blvd., making its way to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on Botsford St. The funeral will begin at 2:00 p.m., and while there is limited seating, RCMP is making the service available to watch at St. John’s United Church and online.
The Mounties are also asking drivers to watch for road closures starting at 10:00 a.m. Delays and detours can be expected along Assumption Blvd., Botsford St., Downing St., Main St., as well as Queen, Alma and Church streets.
OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT
Cpl. Clarke says those not attending in person can still participate.
“Taking a moment at two o’clock to remember Cst. Deschenes would be the simplest way to do that,” Clarke said.
The RCMP said the outpouring of support via phone, cards and online has been “humbling”. “It’s really been helping our members to understand how much support there is out there for the RCMP,” she said.
The Mounties continue to track condolences sent in through email.