The Chief of the EPS laid a wreath Wednesday at the memorial for Constable Dan Woodall in Manchester, England.
Moving ceremony today with the family of Dan Woodall & the Chief of Edmonton Police, who we warmly welcomed to GMP. pic.twitter.com/fLephoZXzt
— CC Ian Hopkins (@CCIanHopkins) June 22, 2016
Woodall was a member of the Manchester Police Service before moving to Edmonton.
Sergeant Steve Sharpe, with says that the news of his death had just as big an effect over there.
“That agency, from day one when the news broke about this, was walking in partnership with us,” explains Sharpe. “(Not only) in terms of grieving but also in terms of ‘what can we do? How can we assist?’ The ocean between us, did not hinder any of the deep emotion that they had at that time.”
Sharpe says Chief Knecht was over there for police related business, when the opportunity was presented.
“Greater Manchester was aware that Chief Knecht would be in town for police business, including meeting some people from Greater Manchester,” says Sharpe. “The police commission and the Edmonton Police Service had this opportunity to lay a wreath, and recognize the fallen officer who at one time was a Greater Manchester police officer.”
Sharpe also says that because of Edmontonians, Woodall will always be remembered.
“Edmontonians made the sacrifice that (Woodall) made an international story,” says Sharpe. “Certainly he was an officer in Greater Manchester, but I think the overwhelming public support has had a ripple effect. So people will not forget Constable Dan Woodall of the Edmonton Police Service.” (km/rk)