Thousands Honour 'Fine Young' Toronto Police Officer Killed in On-Duty Crash

By Perkel, Colin | The Canadian Press, December 9, 2013 | Go to article overview

Thousands Honour 'Fine Young' Toronto Police Officer Killed in On-Duty Crash


Perkel, Colin, The Canadian Press


Thousands honour Toronto police officer

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TORONTO - Thousands of police officers, dignitaries and others turned out to honour a fellow cop described as a "fine young man" whose heart now continues beating inside someone in Boston.

A long procession of uniformed officers filed into a trade centre hall followed by the flag-draped casket bearing Const. John Zivcic, who died Dec. 2, two days after he was hurt in an on-duty crash.

"We give thanks to a man I am so proud to call my brother, the unique, the intense, the sensitive, the extraordinary irreplaceable John," his older sibling Tom Zivcic said in an emotional eulogy.

"It is comforting to our family that somewhere out there John's heart will continue to beat."

As Lt.-Gov. David Onley, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Rob Ford and others looked on, Zivcic was remembered as a popular, caring young man who loved helping and protecting others.

Tom Zivcic noted that when his brother was a boy, he wanted to be a garbage collector, and followed the garbage truck around on his bicycle.

"Unfortunately with his life being cut short, he was not able to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a garbage man," Zivcic joked even as he fought back tears.

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair described him as "a very fine young man" who was generous and compassionate.

He also praised the family's decision to donate the officer's organs, with a recipient for his "big heart" found in Boston, and recipients for his kidneys found in Toronto. …

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