OPP dedicate 61st bridge to a fallen officer

Cst. Willis Jacob honoured 61 years after his death

Ontario Provincial Police have dedicated another highway bridge to a fallen officer.

Bridge dedications are an important act of remembrance which will help preserve the memory of a fallen OPP officer.

Constable Willis Jacob was killed October 3, 1958, while on patrol on Highway 11. A vehicle traveling southbound on the divided portion of the highway went out of control, hitting a road sign then sliding towards the undivided portion of the highway. The vehicle was without lights as it crossed into the northbound lane. This vehicle missed two northbound cars before hitting the OPP cruiser head-on. Both drivers were killed instantly. 

“Provincial Constable Willis J. Jacob lost his life in the line of duty nearly 61 years ago, and today he still holds a place of honour in our hearts. With this bridge dedication, we recognize the service of this dedicated officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of protecting our families and loved ones.” 

– Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Memorial signs in his honour have been placed on Highway 11 at the Highway 12 overpass.

It is the OPP’s 61st bridge dedication.

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