Funeral arrangements have been announced for Sgt. Andrew Harnett, the Calgary police officer killed in the line of duty on New Year’s Eve.
The Calgary Police Service (CPS) said in a news release on Thursday that Alberta Health has granted an exemption for Harnett’s funeral service, allowing up to 50 people to attend in person. However, other COVID-19 protocols will still be followed.
The service will be invite-only, attended solely by family, close friends and colleagues, and will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
“The regimental funeral ceremony comes with hundreds of years of customs and tradition,” said CPS in a statement. “It includes a Bearer Party, honourary pallbearers and a Colour Guard who ensure any officer killed in the line of duty is honoured with the utmost respect and dignity.”
Although the funeral itself will be private, CPS said a procession will follow and be livestreamed for the public.
Harnett was killed after being struck and dragged by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop. Despite the heroic attempts by his colleagues and members of EMS to save his life, he died as a result of his injuries.
The 37-year-old officer joined CPS 12 years ago after serving as a military police officer.
His partner of seven years, Chelsea, is expecting their first child in the summer of 2021.
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