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February 18, 2002
Officer's death a terrible tragedy: mayor
Mayor Mel Lastman today called the traffic accident that claimed the life of a
Toronto Police officer and sent a second officer and a civilian to hospital a
"terrible tragedy" for the entire City.

"I'd like to extend my condolences to the female officer's friends, family and
co-workers in this most difficult time," said Lastman, who was en route to
Ottawa when he learned of the early-morning accident involving a police cruiser
and a citizen's car.

"Although we ask our police to put their lives on the line every day, we hope
and pray that they never have to pay this price. It is a dark day whenever a
police officer is injured in the line of duty; what happened this morning is a
tragedy of epic proportions."

The Mayor said his thoughts are also with the second officer and the civilian
injured in the collision.

"On behalf of Toronto City Council and the 2½ million residents of this City,
I'd like to wish them both a speedy recovery," he said.

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