09/18/2003

New Plaque Honors Officer Killed One Year Ago

Officer Down: RCMP Const. Jimmy Ng - [Richmond, British Columbia]

RCMP Const. Jimmy Ng was killed in the line of duty Sept. 15, 2002.

There were few dry eyes as a crowd of several hundred officers, firefighters, family, friends and strangers assembled in front of RCMP headquarters.

Choking back tears, Ng's partner and friend Const. Adrian Tarasoff said it was an honour to have worked with Jimmy.

"Jimmy was a natural-born leader and he always led from the front," Tarasoff said.

Supt. Ward Clapham had some sobering words for the officers present.

"Yes, we have a dangerous job and yes, sometimes we pay the ultimate price," said Clapham. "Live every day as if it's your last, because it could be."

If there is a lesson to be learned in the death of Jimmy, it's that the consequences of street racing can be fatal. Thankfully it's a lesson most local speeders don't have to learn the hard way - thanks to extra police presence, more speed-monitoring equipment and the force's monitoring of street-racer chatrooms, as contributing to the decline since Jimmy's death.

Jimmy's memorial plaque joins that of RCMP Const. Thomas James Agar, the first police officer in Richmond to die in the line of duty when he was shot Sept. 19, 1980.
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