Regimental memorial to be held today for Const. Heidi Stevenson

RCMP officer who was killed in the line of duty during the April 2020 mass shooting to be remembered at Cole Harbour memorial service starting at 1 p.m. AT.

RCMP say people are encouraged to gather along the procession route in support

Regimental memorial for RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson

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Const. Heidi Stevenson, who died in the line of duty during the Nova Scotia mass shooting, is being honoured during a service starting at 1 p.m. AT at Cole Harbour Place.

An RCMP regimental memorial service will be held this afternoon for Const. Heidi Stevenson, who was killed in the line of duty during the April 2020 mass shooting.

Stevenson's family and the law enforcement community will be honouring her during a service at Cole Harbour Place. CBC News will be live streaming the procession, beginning at 12:30 p.m. AT, and the memorial service, which starts at 1 p.m. AT.

The procession was originally slated to begin at noon, but is now expected to start 30 minutes later.

The RCMP was not able to hold a regimental funeral following Stevenson's death due to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time, and a private family funeral was held instead.

The service is not open to the public, but people are encouraged to gather along the procession route of uniformed officers on Forest Hills Parkway. Members of the RCMP, military, police and emergency services will be marching from St. Vincent de Paul Church to Cole Harbour Place.

Stevenson was one of 22 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern Canadian history. She was on duty the morning of April 19, 2020 in the Shubenacadie area when a gunman driving a replica RCMP cruiser crashed his vehicle into her patrol car.

An investigation revealed the 49-year-old constable exchanged gunfire with the suspect, and it appears fragments from one of her bullets struck him on the side of the head.

Stevenson grew up in Antigonish, N.S., and graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., with a bachelor of science.

During her 23 years with the RCMP, she took part in the Musical Ride and worked as a drug recognition expert and in communications and community policing. The mother of two also worked as a high school liaison officer in Cole Harbour, N.S.

RCMP say motorists can expect delays in the area starting at about 11:45 a.m. until about 1 p.m. due to the procession.

Flying Cloud Drive, Taranaki Drive, Auburn Drive and Chameau Crescent will be closed during the procession, and traffic will be rerouted along Flying Cloud Drive.

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