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Longueuil will pay tribute to a police officer who died on duty 39 years ago –

By Katherine Harvey-Pinard

The City of Longueuil will unveil a commemorative plaque in memory of Michel Vincent, a police officer who died in the line of duty 39 years ago, on November 3, 1981.

This will be unveiled in the spring, if the context of the pandemic allows it, during a ceremony at Christ-Roi Park, a park dedicated to the police. Everything will be done in collaboration with the Longueuil agglomeration police service (SPAL) and retired city police officers.

“Police officers work every day for the safety and well-being of the citizens of the agglomeration of Longueuil,” said Mayor Sylvie Parent, in a press release. We too often forget that they risk their lives to ensure our protection while contributing to the living together of our community. ”

“It goes without saying to take a moment to pay tribute to one of our own who left much too early and to greet all those who wear the uniform despite the sacrifices they face on a daily basis,” she adds. .

Shot at close range

On the day of his death, the late agent Michel Vincent responded to a call with his colleague for an armed robbery in a branch of the National Bank of Canada, on Lyon Street, in Longueuil. Upon arrival at the scene, three suspects opened fire in their direction.

“Vincent was fatally injured and his partner, Agent Gagnon, was seriously injured,” reports the City. Hired on January 16, 1978, with three years of experience in the Longueuil Police Department, Michel Vincent, then aged 26, will be sadly missed by his wife Nicole and their two daughters Karine and Annick. “

About 1,200 police officers from across Canada and the United States traveled to attend the civic funeral.