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Memorial honouring fallen officer moved after 27 years

Last Updated Jun 2, 2020 at 8:06 am MDT

Members of the Calgary Police Service hold a ceremony at the memorial for Cst. Rick Sonnenberg before removing it on June 1, 2020. (CREDIT: Calgary Police Service, Facebook)

The memorial has been on southbound Deerfoot near Southland Drive since 1993.

Cst. Sonnenberg was killed while trying to stop a stolen vehicle.

The memorial will be installed at a Calgary police facility for private viewing.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It is a marker and a story many Calgarians are familiar with but now a memorial honouring a Calgary police officer has been moved.

On Monday, The memorial for fallen CPS officer Rick Sonnenberg was removed at the request of his family after 27 years on southbound Deerfoot Trail near Southland Drive.

Initially, the space was marked by a wooden cross but as it became more weather-worn was replaced by a concrete monument.

Cst. Sonnenberg was killed on Oct. 8, 1993, when he and his partner were alerted about a stolen vehicle. As the vehicle headed in their direction, Sonnenberg attempted to lay down a spike belt when he was struck by the speeding car and died.

A youth out on bail was convicted of criminal negligence causing death, hit and run and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Sonnenberg, 27, was with Calgary police for just under four years and was about to announce his engagement to be married.

Following his death, Sonnenberg’s sister led a campaign to raise funds for a police helicopter.

Calgary police eventually acquired HAWC1 in July 1995 and HAWC2 in April 2005.

The memorial will be refurbished and installed at a CPS facility for private display.