Natasha Pineo says her husband Derek had wanted to be a police officer his entire life.
He joined the RCMP in August 2007 and was dedicated to the job, she says.
“He was a very outgoing, funny person,” Pineo said.
“He’d loved Saskatchewan so much he moved us all the way out here from Nova Scotia.”
But it was in Saskatchewan where her husband died at 38 when the police vehicle he was driving hit a moose on a highway near Wilkie, Sask..
‘I don’t want anybody to be here’
On Sunday, Pineo and her three children, Kayleb, 15, Novalea, 17 and Ocean, 6, laid a wreath at the annual national memorial for fallen police and peace officers in Saskatchewan.
They also rode in the parade down Albert Street before the ceremony began at the Saskatchewan legislature.
Memorial walk for police and peace officers underway in Regina. Wreath laying happening at the leg at 11. pic.twitter.com/19jThiCjZQ
Pineo and her children, who live in Fall River, N.S., were able to attend because of fundraising efforts started by Weyburn, Sask. Const. Jeffrey Bartsch. He created a GoFundMe drive to pay for their travel costs.
“My kids obviously don’t want to be here. I don’t want anybody to be here, but it’s an honour to be here in honour of my husband and their dad and all the members that are still alive today,” said Pineo.
During the ceremony, officials read aloud the names of fallen police officers, RCMP members, corrections and conservation officers in Saskatchewan who died while on the job.
‘The least we can do’
In the lead-up to Sunday’s event, a number of officers participated in the Ride to Remember cycling event, where they biked the more than 450 kilometres from Prince Albert, Sask. to Regina.
Among the participants was Kayleb Pineo who, despite batting off physical exhaustion and a sore leg, said it offered him a chance to reflect on why he was riding.
“It’s honestly the least we can do for all these organizations and all these people that give their lives for us and what the officers do for us daily, putting their lives in jeopardy for the…