Retired Mountie in Maple Ridge creates tribute to fallen officer

Retired Mountie in Maple Ridge creates tribute to fallen officer

Former RCMP officer puts up a tribute to slain Nova Scotia RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson

A heart hanging in a Maple Ridge window has been repurposed to honour the Mountie killed in the mass slaying in Nova Scotia this past weekend.

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Retired RCMP Staff Sgt. Daryl Stone and his wife, Julie, wanted to pay tribute to Const. Heidi Stevenson. She was one of 22 people killed during a murderous rampage in Portapique, N.S. Heavily armed RCMP officers proceeded to fatally shot the gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, a few hours later.

His victims include the RCMP officer, as well as two nurses, two correctional officers, a family of three, a teacher, and some of his neighbours in Portapique.

The local tribute to Stevenson featured a heart-shaped string of lights already hanging in the Stone’s front window as a tribute to frontline workers helping keep Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows safe during the COVID pandemic.

“Julie had put the heart up a couple of weeks ago,” Stone said. “And we thought the two were a fitting tie in.”

Her heart was accented this week with a Canadian flag, a hand-written sign saying Heidi’s name, and the retired Mountie’s dress boots and stetson RCMP hat – complete with poppy.

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