The funeral for OPP Sergeant Eric Mueller was at 11amET May 18, 2023. The OPP Association thanks our sworn and civilian members, comrades from Police Services and Associations, First Responders and the public for attending to honour our fallen hero.
In 2002, Sergeant Eric Mueller joined the Ontario Provincial Police as a special constable with the Offender Transport Program in the Ottawa Unit. On January 3, 2006, he was hired as a recruit and began his impressive career as a uniform member in Grenville (Prescott). He also worked at the Leeds County Detachment and was promoted to Sergeant in July 2018. During his career, Sergeant Mueller took on the position of coach officer and detachment liaison officer for the Auxiliary Unit.
In 2015, Sergeant Mueller was the recipient of the Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving. A testament to his bravery, he was recognized for working with others to physically lift a burning vehicle to remove an injured suspect.
Sergeant Mueller was a dedicated member of the OPP family, whose contributions to the organization and the communities he served did not go unnoticed. He was described by his colleagues as a strong team player who could be counted on whenever necessary. He led by example and always represented the core values of the OPP through his actions, words and sense of duty.
Sergeant Mueller's devotion and courage will never be forgotten.
The OPP grieves alongside Sergeant Eric Mueller's family, who we will work closely with to ensure their wishes are respected and to support them in any way we can.
Condolences for Sergeant Eric Mueller can be sent to OPPCorporateCommunications@opp.ca.
OPP Association President John Cerasuolo honoured OPP Sergeant Eric Mueller at his funeral with the following speech:
REMARKS BY OPP ASSOCIATON PRESIDENT JOHN CERASUOLO
Funeral of OPP Sergeant Eric Mueller, Kanata Ontario May 18, 2023
Dignitaries, Commissioner, Members of the Ontario Provincial Police and Police from across Canada and North America, distinguished guests and most importantly Marie-France, Jasmine and Hugo.
To Eric’s entire family – on behalf of the OPP Association, we offer our sincere and deepest condolences.
Being a law enforcement officer is a calling.
There are few professions as noble as those that leave everyday for work in the pursuit of service, protecting the public believing you can truly make a difference in protecting your community.
For most officers, we couldn’t imagine another way of life – it is what we do.
But ours is an inherently dangerous job – we know this - but we go out to face the unknown every single day with bravery and fortitude - ready and willing to face danger in the name of duty.
Unfortunately, and sadly, Eric is the 112th police officer to die in the line of duty and be added to our OPPA Honour Roll since the formation of the OPP in 1909.
Many loved ones and colleagues of those officers will be listening today and will re-live their pain.
We will always remember them. Heroes.
When we kiss and hug our loved ones at the beginning of each day, like any other job out there, we expect to come home after our shift.
But, that is not always the case – as is evident as we gather together today to honour one of our own, taken from us for doing what he loved and for protecting and serving our communities.
For all of us here who answer the call to service; every kiss from your spouse, every hug from a child, every moment with family, means a little bit more.
Without their love and support, our service would not be possible.
For those who knew Eric, the pain is very raw and is beyond words.
To our 2 members, the police officers injured in this tragedy.
You are Heroes indeed.
In an ambush situation, nobody can see this coming.
You both did the best you could and we thank you for that.
For our members, the police officers doing everything they could to get to the scene, and eventually arresting the suspect, thank you.
Your actions were brave and heroic.
To our members, the Communicators and Call Takers who dealt with the call.
You are often overlooked for the important life saving work you do.
Thank you for your heroic actions during this incident, and your dedication to service every day.
We will continue to work alongside Commissioner Carrique to ensure our people have the best equipment, the best training, and staffing to meet the ever-increasing demands in our communities.
It is difficult to say goodbye, Eric touched so many people's lives, so positively, and so he will live on in the hearts, minds, and actions of us all.
Eric leaves behind an amazing legacy and has left this world a better place and for that we will always be grateful.
To the wives, husbands, children, siblings, friends, colleagues and all of those here today who have been touched by Eric’s life, there are no words capable of providing sufficient comfort.
All we can do is pledge our constant support and promise to be by your side from this moment forward.
We will honour Eric by carrying on his legacy and leading our lives as an example for others to follow.
I would like to thank everyone for being here to show respect to our fallen brother as we say goodbye to Sergeant Eric Mueller, but he will never be forgotten.
Hero in Life absolutely our Hero.
Rest in peace Brother.