Client: City Of Moncton
Location: Moncton, NB, Canada
Completion date: 2016
Artwork budget: $350,000
City Of Moncton
For RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, the monument celebrates the lives of three of his RCMP constables who were shot and killed two years ago.
The lives of Consts. Fabrice Gevaudan, Doug Larche and Dave Ross were taken on June 4, 2014, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage through the city leading to a 30-hour manhunt.The lives of those three men are represented by small details on the statue, placed there by the wives and family members of the fallen officers.
Nadine Larche, the widow of Doug Larche, and her three daughters travelled to Newfoundland to meet with artist Morgan MacDonald and put their special, personal touches on the tribute to their father, husband and hero.
“Working on the monument with [MacDonald] and the girls, and my mom came as well, was a super special experience,” Nadine told Global News Thursday.
Rachael Ross, wife of Dave Ross, also made a special mark on the statue, honouring the father of her sons and the man who she says stole her heart.
“There’s his footprints and mine, and the boys kind of walk in his in his shadow behind him. And he was also a ‘Papa Bear,’ so there’s a bear paw print in the shadow of his foot,” Rachael said Thursday.
Saturday not only marks the unveiling of the statue, and the anniversary of the devastating tragedy that rocked the city — it also marks the final day of Brown’s career with the New Brunswick RCMP.