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Kingston Police Honour Roll
July, about 45 years ago...
July 29th, 1978
DETAILS: Constable Lau and his partner Constable Harley Kellar were waiting at the intersection of University Avenue and Brock Street for a high speed pursuit to pass by so that they could join in the pursuit. As the stolen vehicle being pursued entered the intersection the driver turned from Brock St. onto University Ave. broadsiding the police cruiser, a 1978 Chev Nova. Constable Lau, the driver was killed instantly. Constable Kellar suffered severe injuries.
November, about 50 years ago...
Thomas B. Cooper
November 8th, 1973
DETAILS: On Monday, September 17, 1973 Detective Cooper attended 40 Lower Union St. in the City of Kingston to assist 2 uniform officers. The call concerned a domestic involving a man with a gun. Thomas Joseph Blowing opened fire at the scene first through a wall and then an open door. Detective Cooper was struck in the head and succumbed to his wounds on November 8, 1973.
August, about 72 years ago...
Millard A. Brennan
August 15th, 1951
DETAILS: Constable Millard A. Brennan was working a night shift with his partner on August 15, 1951, when they were dispatched to the report of a prowler in the Churchill Crescent area of the city. They found and arrested the suspect after a foot pursuit. While driving back to the station, Millard suffered a seizure. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after arriving. It was determined he had suffered a massive heart attack.
April, about 75 years ago...
Merritt C. Gray
April 29th, 1948
DETAILS: On April 26, 1948 Constable Gray was operating a police motorcycle on Princess St. in Kingston. While attempting to pass a vehicle his motorcycle struck a patch of oil, swerved and struck an unpaved area. He was thrown from the vehicle and struck his head on the pavement. He died four days later in hospital.
April, about 104 years ago...
Samuel James Arniel
April 19th, 1919
DETAILS: On the afternoon of April 19, 1919, Sergeant Samuel Arniel was escorting a man who was under arrest back to the police station. The prisoner began to struggle, attempting to break free and escape. Sergeant Arniel suffered a massive heart attack and died.