BY KEITH LACEY
The Town of Cobourg?s police chief is asking police boards across Ontario to donate as much as they can to help build a $600,000 living memorial to honour a young officer murdered in the line of duty in May.
During that terrible day, an 18-year-old named Troy Davey called police claiming he?d been robbed and the robber had stolen his ATM card.
Const. Chris Garrett was the first officer on the scene and met with Davey and they started a search for the alleged perpetrator.
Davey suddenly attacked Garrett with a knife and fatally wounded him, cutting his throat.
Even though near death, Garrett managed to release his revolver and pursue Davey momentarily and hit him with one bullet, seconds before he died.
A report filed by Coubourg Police Chief Garry Clement says Garrett?s actions that day almost assuredly saved the lives of other police officers as Davey had written down a detailed plan to kill as many officers as possible that day.
?His actions prevented any further carnage and saves the lives of citizens and other officers,? wrote Clement.
A police search discovered Davey had numerous weapons and functioning explosive devices at his disposal that he intended to use against Cobourg police officers.
The local board will be discussing what kind of contribution to make to the memorial honouring Garrett, said Davidson.
The local board is looking to establish a monument or memorial to local officers killed in the line of duty.
The board will look at several options, but won?t be donating any large sum of money to the Cobourg force.It will try and make a small donation, said Davidson.
?We will be doing something, exactly what will have to be determined by the board,? said Davidson.
More than 25 local officers attended Garrett?s funeral in May.
Davidson told the board he was happy to report the $33.4 million budget approved by the police board and city council for 2004 is under control.
?We?re on track to meet the budget expectations set by the board earlier this year,? said Davidson.
The board will be presented with a detailed 2005 budget at the next police services board meeting in October, he said.
The impressive and modern Sudbury Police Museum will officially open to the public Oct. 1.
Board chair Andy Humber said he?s paid a recent visit to the museum, located inside the police building at Tom Davies Square. It looks beautiful and
is sure to garner a lot of public attention.