KAWARTHA LAKES-When OPP Constable Greg Pierzchala was laid to rest today a number of officers from across the region were in attendance along with Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
“Today, members of the Peterborough Police Service joined with officers and civilians across the country to pay respects to OPP Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala who was killed in the line of duty.” said Peterborough Police today. “Our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and community.”
Chief Mark Mitchell and members of the Kawartha Lakes Police Service as well as Durham Regional Police were also in attendance at the Sadlon Arena in Barrie for the service.
Constable Pierzchala was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 27 after responding to a call about a vehicle in the ditch. A man and a woman have been charged with first-degree murder.
He is survived by his mother Janina and father Jan, and his siblings Chris, Michal, and Justyna. Michal said his brother was “the most courageous person I knew and he knew the risks that came with his job.”
Sister Justyna described him as “so much more than just a police officer”. She said he was always curious and loved art.
“He would tell me about his plans to dedicate a whole room in his future house where he could go and stare at artwork after a long day.”
OPP chief superintendent Dwight Thib was Pierxchala’s regional commander. He said one of his biggest fears when he was promoted to rank of chief was an on-duty death of one of his members.
“My heart is broken,” he said. “When the unthinkable happens … it has a profound effect on all officers, our members, their families and friends.”
Pierzchala’s uniform hat and a folded Ontario flag was presented to his family at the end of the funeral service before his casket was taken from the arena to his final resting place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.