Parkway Tunnel Named For Slain LaSalle Officer

A permanent, public rememberance for a fallen local police officer is now in place.

48 years ago, on August 23, 1969, Constable Robert Charles Carrick was shot and killed in the line of duty.

His older sister, Elizabeth Anne Spencer, travelled from Sarnia to take part in the dedication ceremony for the Herb Gray Parkway tunnel now named in his honour.

It's the Sandwich Parkway span in front of Windsor Crossing that's been re-named.

Spencer says this is fitting and emotional:

"It's very, very moving and I'm very very proud that they've done this. It's wonderful. My brother would be looking up there and going I don't need this, this is too much showy thing, but we are very proud of this."

Spencer says she still remembers when her brother was killed, "Horrid, it's just when I think about that day I still cry a lot about it." she says "To talk about it it just really is heart wrenching because Rob and I were very close."

Spencer says her brother loved policing, "he loved it, he really did he got to meet the people around and he helped people without them knowing about it.  And leave groceries on their doorsteps when he knew people needed food, and be gone. That's just the way he was" she remembers "He bought kids shoes when he knew they needed shoes and they couldn't afford it."

A section of Normany Street between Malden Road and Ellis Street will be referred to as Robert Carrick Way up to August 25th.

Carrick was an officer with the former Sandwich West Township before it became part of LaSalle.