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Honour Roll

Rob Jamieson
  • Frederick BLUCHER

    Provincial ConstableBadge #420 Port CreditSeptember 30, 1939
    Constable Blucher joined the OPP Motorcycle Patrol immediately following its takeover from the old Ontario Department of Highways Unit. The Bluchers moved with the OPP, starting with Napanee, and then Smith Falls, Port Hope, Colborne and Port Credit. Constable Blucher fit into every community where he worked and as a couple the Bluchers belonged to several social and community organizations.

    Once, while he had charged a man with reckless driving, the officer successfully talked the magistrate into reducing the offense to speeding. If there had been a conviction for reckless driving, it would have cost the motorist his job. Every Christmas he would look up a needy family he had come across during the year and anonymously provided them with gifts and other help. He also received a commendation for arresting three men involved in a city safe-cracking job.

    Constable Blucher's son and his wife were visiting friends in the Toronto area on September 30, 1939, when they heard a news flash on the radio that an OPP officer had been killed at Port Credit in a traffic accident.

    The thirty-two year old officer was patrolling eastbound in the early evening along the Queen Elizabeth Way just east of the Dixie Road. A car came veering out of the westbound lane apparently out of control. The car struck the motorcycle with such force that the officer was thrown into its side and then out onto the pavement. The front of the police machine was wrecked and the car heavily damaged. Blucher died a few minutes after being admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital with massive internal injuries.

    A motorist from York Township was arrested on a charge of manslaughter, but this was later reduced and a conviction registered for careless driving.

    Constable Blucher's son followed in his father's footsteps and joined the OPP. He retired after thirty-five years of service in 1988 in the rank of Staff Superintendent. His son now continues the family tradition with the OPP.