WALLACEBURG, Ont. (Canadian Press) -- The police community in
Ontario was in mourning Wednesday following the death of
a Walpole Island
Officials with provincial police, Chatham-Kent police and Walpole
police held a joint news conference to share their grief, but
discuss details of the ongoing investigation into Const.
Neudert, 42, died Tuesday morning when the cruiser he was driving
in heavy fog with a vehicle driven by another Walpole Island
Sgt. Lyle Johnson remains in fair condition in hospital, said
police Const. Luke George.
John Trudeau, Walpole Island's police chief, said he is
by Neudert's death.
Neudert had been with the Walpole service for four years. Trudeau
the father of two young children as a ``loving family man.''
Insp. Wes Dore of Chatham-Kent police and Staff Sgt. Doug Babbitt of
police said both services regularly worked with the
Walpole Island police.
``Members in small communities such as Walpole Island and Wallaceburg
close, along with their families,'' Dore said. ``This is very,
for some members who have known the officers for a
number of years.''
Babbitt has seen two of his officers killed on Highway 401 in the
``This is something we never wanted to experience again, and here we
Joe Gilbert, chief of Walpole Island, said the reserve has lost a fine man.
``This is the loss of a very active police officer in this
Gilbert said. ``He was involved with more than just
policing, being a part
of the community as a whole. His loss is
something we all feel.''
Neudert is the first peace officer to die in the line of duty with
Walpole Island service.
Neudert and Johnson were believed to be headed for the provincial
detachment in nearby Petrolia when they collided at an
``It will take some sorting, but we will get through it,'' Gilbert said.
He added Neudert's wife is ``coping as best she can.''
With the death of Neudert and the injury to Johnson, the Walpole
is down to four full-time officers.
``I want to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends and
of Const. Paul Neudert,'' Premier Ernie Eves said in a
``His death is a sad reminder that police officers risk their lives
day to keep our communities safe.'' (Chatham Daily News)