Celebration of life for Abbotsford Const. John Davidson on Nov. 19

A public celebration of life has been planned for Abbotsford police Const. John Davidson, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19 and will take place at the Abbotsford Centre (33800 King Rd.). Davidson’s family will be present.

A procession of uniformed law-enforcement personnel will begin at about noon on MacKenzie Road and head westbound on King Road to the Abbotsford Centre. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., but roads will be closed beginning at 11 a.m.

There will be overflow seating at the University of the Fraser Valley’s Envision Athletic Centre (1395 McKenzie Rd.).

Const. John Davidson is shown in this undated handout photo.

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Const. John Davidson is shown in this undated handout photo.

Davidson was a police officer for 24 years. He spent the first half of his career with the Northumbria Police in the United Kingdom, and joined the Abbotsford police in 2006.

Davidson was first on scene when police were called to a report of a stolen vehicle and a man firing a gun at bystanders in a strip mall in the 3200-block Mt. Lehman Road. Davidson was shot, and declared dead shortly after he arrived at hospital.

The suspect was arrested after a short pursuit, during which police collided with his vehicle in the intersection of Mt. Lehman and Fraser Highway. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, 65, was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder. He remains in custody.

Davidson’s body was transported from Vancouver General Hospital to an Abbotsford funeral home on Thursday, and was escorted by a police motorcade.

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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