Alberton woman sets up display for fallen officers

Eric McCarthy
Published on June 10, 2014
Alberton resident Patsy Butler put together a display Tuesday to honour the memory of three RCMP officers killed in the line of duty last week in Moncton.

ALBERTON -- Patsy Butler spent Tuesday afternoon watching the televised regimental funeral for the three Moncton police officers killed last week in the line of duty.

The Poplar Street, Alberton resident who has a brother-in-law who is retired from the RCMP and a nephew who is married to an RCMP officer, had spent part of the day Monday and Tuesday preparing a memorial display of the murdered officers, Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, David Ross and Douglas Larche.

“To me, it’s an awfully sad thing,” Butler reflected. She gleaned pictures and images from the internet to help complete her display and purchased red t-shirts in keeping with a public call for citizens to wear red on Tuesday.

On a stand just inside the entrance to her apartment Butler lit candles in front of pictures of the three officers. In the display angels are watching over them. There are also small framed pictures to one side and a photograph of a police car to the other side.

On her deck out front, she placed red t-shirts and decorated them with images associated with the RCMP.

“It’s so close to home it’s not funny,” Butler remarked on the Moncton shootings last Wednesday that left three officers dead and two others wounded.  She’s hoping summer parades this year will pay respect to the fallen officers.