A funeral was held Wednesday, in Barrie, for a slain OPP officer killed in a shooting ambush in Haldimand County.
Police have said Constable Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala was shot after he responded to a call for a vehicle in a ditch west of Hagersville on December 27 and two people have been charged with first-degree murder.
Hundreds of officers from across the province joined the 28-year-old’s family and friends for his funeral at the Sadlon Arena in his hometown as rain poured outside on the grey, damp morning.
He was described as someone who enjoyed nature, was a fan of art, excelled at his job as a new police officer and above all, loved protecting his family and the communities he served.
His younger sister Justyna said he died a hero and lived as an inspiration. His brother Michal said his sibling was aware of the risks of the job, but chose to serve nonetheless. He also said his brother, who visited the family home every week, would always make it a point of saying a proper goodbye to his loved ones when he left.
Pierzchala had been a provincial officer for just over a year and had been notified hours before his death that he had passed his 10-month probation period.
He was also previously a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a constable at the provincial legislature.
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique says Constable Pierzchala was a hero whose sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Also in attendance, Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell.