After more than a year since his death in the line of duty, EPS Constable Daniel Woodall was honoured again.
Claire Woodall tells Global News she was happy to see the event continue to its second year and was amazed at the support.
“Thank you is never enough, but it’s all I have left to say. There’s nothing really I can say — There’s no words to comprehend to you how grateful that we are for this and that people do keep on remembering Dan,” said Claire Woodall.
Ray Wilson was Daniel’s partner for about two years up until that fateful June day and he says it’s amazing to see everyone gather again at Clarke Field.
“The support from the city and the dedications and the park named after him and the Woodall Cup here with the soccer game — I think it’s just incredible that everyone has embraced how much he meant to all of us and his name will live on through this,” said Wilson.
The Woodall Cup game is played between Edmonton Police and British Ex-Pats living in the Edmonton area and Constable Bruce McGregor took part in the cup both years. He says it was an obvious choice to take part again.
“Dan gave his life to help others and to protect others and, you know, to give EMS and Fire and military and have them involved it’s good that we’re one big happy family and we work together to keep everyone safe,” said McGregor.
$7,000 was raised through the event with proceeds going towards the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the family of William Breen. Breen played in last year’s Woodall Cup and died unexpectedly this year leaving behind a wife and kids. (djs/global)