Mississauga bridge being dedicated to fallen police officer

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A bridge in Mississauga is being dedicated to a fallen OPP officer.

Recently, a bridge located on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) at Dixie Road was officially dedicated in honour of OPP Constable Fred Blucher, who died in the line of duty more than 80 years ago.

The OPP says Blucher was killed on the evening of Sept. 30, 1939, while patrolling the eastbound QEW, just east of Dixie Road.  

According to police, an apparently out of control vehicle came veering out of the westbound lane and struck Blucher’s motorcycle, throwing him onto the pavement. 

Blucher was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital with massive internal injuries. He died only a few minutes after being admitted. 

He left behind a wife and young son, and his son and grandson both went on to have successful careers in the OPP.

The bridge dedicated to Blucher is located near the site of the fatal collision. 

“Provincial Constable Fred Blucher lost his life in the line of duty over 80 years ago. Today, OPP members and veterans joined with Constable Blucher’s family and members of the community to celebrate his life," Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police, said in a statement. 

"The bridge dedicated in his honour recognizes the service of this dedicated officer who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our province.”  

Since 2002, Ontario has permitted bridges and other highway structures to be dedicated in memory of fallen police officers.

There are now 63 bridges in Ontario dedicated to fallen OPP officers.

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