Const. Vu Pham remembered 10 years after he was killed in the line of duty
LONDON, ONT. -- It’s been 10 years since a police officer was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire near Winthrop in Huron County.
Provincial police are remembering Const. Vu Pham Sunday.
OPP were called to a rural road east of Clinton about a domestic situation on March 8, 2010. Pham stopped a pickup truck and as he got out of his cruiser he was shot.
Fred Preston, a 70-year-old man from Sundridge also fired at another officer and then was shot himself.
Pham's funeral was held in Wingham and was attended by thousands of police officers.
Retired OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor was working in London when he got the terrible news that an officer was shot and clinging to life.
“I met the helicopter at the heliport in London at (Victoria) Hospital and I knew by looking at the scene that it was very serious and my brother was in grave shape.”
Pham died later that day. “I guess the only comfort is knowing that he was surrounded by other brothers and sisters in uniform that day, but it’s a day that you never forget.”
Pham was born in Saigon, Vietnam and joined the OPP in 1995. Besides Huron County, he also served in Parry Sound and Cochrane. He left behind a wife and three children.
There is an award for a youth volunteer named in his honour. That award was just handed out last month to Sydney Pollock, for her work with various charities.