Laval police name building after fallen officer
Published Sunday, March 2, 2008 7:07PM EST
The Laval police force is marking the one-year anniversary of an officer's death by renaming one of their buildings in his honour.
Sunday marks one year since Const. Daniel Tessier, a husband and father, was killed during a raid in Brossard, Que.
"I'm sure that Daniel's somewhere right now. He's probably very happy," Laval Police Director Jean-Pierre Gariepy told CTV News on Sunday.
The Laval police force has renamed the former Police Station One, which now serves as a training and emergency centre, after Tessier. The station is where Tessier began his career.
The gesture overwhelmed Tessier's widow, Dominique Lapointe, also a police officer, who thanked everyone for their support at Sunday's ceremony and said that her husband didn't die in vain.
Tessier's two daughters, Veronique and Marie-Andree, helped unveil a commemorative sign remembering their father, while his parents were among the first to sign a book in his honour.
Tessier was the victim of a drug raid gone wrong at a home in Brossard. The homeowner, Basil Parasiris, was charged with first degree murder.
Tessier's death came just over a year after the Laval police lost officer Valerie Gignac, also shot in the line of duty.
"To lose two police officers back to back like that, it was definitely very hard, but we know when we start this job, it's a risk we take every day," Laval police spokeswoman Nathalie Lorrain said.
Those who knew Tessier say he didn't show concern about the risk. Several of his fellow officers said what they remember most about him is his smile.
With a report by CTV Montreal's Maya Johnson