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Bishop Conducts Funeral of Officer and Nephew
LDS Canada News 8Jul00 P2

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA -- It's never easy being a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even more so is the responsibility of officiating at funerals of past ward members. Especially when it's your nephew.

Bishop Mayne Root, a sergeant with the Calgary Police Service, had to do just that last Saturday at the Vulcan Cultural Recreation Centre. His little nephew, also a constable in the Calgary Police Service, died last week in a horrible car crash which also took the life of a Regina man who had just moved to Calgary.

Const. Dory Dietrich, who graduated only 20 months ago with Class 124 of police recruits, died on his way to his Okotoks home from work around 1:30 a.m., June 28th, when another car jumped the median and hit his vehicle. Both drivers died on impact.

Nearly 1100 people attended the service, including roughly 200 fellow officers.

"At the close of the 90-minute service, Dietrich's hat and badge were removed from the top of his casket, and the Calgary Police Service flag that had been draped over it was carefully folded."

Calgary Police Services Chief Christine Silverberg then presented these to Jackie, Dietrich's wife of three years. Dietrich also left behind a two-month old little girl named Alexis

Source: Calgary Herald, 02 Jul 2000 Calgary Sun, 02 Jul 2000



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